To Eat or Not To Eat?

Friday, 16 August 2002

A hypothetical on the provocative issue of what goes into our food is being held at the University of Adelaide's Waite Campus.

Presented by the Australasian Plant Pathology Society (SA Branch) in conjunction with the University of Adelaide, this National Science Week event is hosted by Eureka Prize-winner Dr Rob Morrison.

The eight-member panel includes Professor Rick Roush (Director of the CRC for Weed Management), Professor Edwina Cornish (Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Research), University of Adelaide), Dr Hugh Wallwork (SARDI), David Bruer (Templebruer wines) and Ian Hentschke (ABC Television).

The hypothetical aims to educate people about the role that plant pathology plays in society - a role that often goes unnoticed in day- to-day living, yet its contributions have a significant impact, particularly in food production.

The hypothetical focuses on issues that the general public are concerned about, such as: the effect of pesticides, genetically modified organisms and organic control measures.

"Discussion of how these fit in to the everyday life of the consumer and the decisions they make at the supermarket will ensure those attending the hypothetical will be aware of the role plant pathology plays, in relation to the economics, social values and the environment," says organiser Dr Amanda Able, from the University of Adelaide's Department of Plant Science.

"Having this format will not only provide an educational outlook but also an entertaining debate on issues that are of great interest to consumers," she says.

Where: Charles Hawker Centre, Waite Campus
When: Wednesday, August 21, 6pm

All are welcome. For bookings, phone the University of Adelaide's Faculty of Sciences on (08) 8303 5673.


Contact Details

Professor Amanda Able
Professor in Plant Science
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
The University of Adelaide
Business: +61 8 8313 7245
Mobile: +61 459 839 729