Natalia Bajsa – GM foods and how they’re labelled in Uruguay

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February 18th at 15:00 in your time zone

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GMOs have been discussed a lot, from their promises regarding food security to their environmental and social impact, as well as their repercussions for human health. 

As Slow Food we’ve approach the topic from varied perspectives. Today, with this Food Talk we talk about GMOs with a specific focus on Uruguay, where their cultivation – mainly transgenic corn and soy – started 25 years ago, a life-changing event for its 3.5 million inhabitants. The consequences for human health have been heavy: both for consumers for those who work in daily contact with GMOs, the chemical used to make them, and the pesticides whose use they facilitate.

Natalia Bajsa is a biochemist with a Masters in Environmental Science and a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Montevideo, Uruguay. She works at the Clemente Estable Institute for Biological Investigations where she studies the impact of agricultural practices on the health of the soil and the use of microorganisms to improve crop growth. She’s a member of the interdisciplinary collective TÁ, which works on themes around transgenic crops and agroecology, as well as the Union of Scientists working for society and nature in Latin America. She’s part of the consultancy team for the certification of the Agroecology Network and a member of the Slow Food Community Canaria Actions for Food Sovereignty.

The Food Talks are a new and freely accessible format of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto: ten minutes for our guests to explore their thoughts on the world we live in, and the future we want for it. This Food Talk is supported by Reale Mutua.

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