Genetic engineering and its impact on food to be featured in presentation

By UW-Barron County

Biotechnology, specifically, genetic engineering applied to food continues to spark national and international controversy. Thomas Zinnen, with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Biotechnology Center, will talk about this issue during a presentation at UW-Barron County on Thursday, Feb. 2, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m., in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (R234). His talk, Changing Colors in the Spectrum of Biotechnology & Food,” is part of UW-BC’s Thursdays at the U Lecture and Performance Series. Zinnen will compare a range of technologies used in crops and contrast public response to genetically modified organisms, often called GMOs, in the US and around the world. He also will explore the impacts of using or shelving these technologies.

Zinnen has been a biotechnology extension specialist since 1991. He also served as a Congressional Science Fellow in 2000-2001, and he was on loan to the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 2008 to 2010 as a speechwriter for the NSF director. He leads BioTrek, the public outreach program of UW-Madison’s Biotechnology Center and UW-Extension.

Thursdays @ the U series is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UW-Barron County Foundation. UW-BC is located at 1800 College Dr., Rice Lake. For more information, call 715-234-


Brian Becker