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STEM Cafe asks: Miracle crops or Frankenfood?

Published: Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 11:32 a.m. CDT

Genetically modified crops have been grown in the United States for decades, but they remain controversial.

Are these crops the answer to world hunger? Good for the environment? Safe to eat?

Northern Illinois University’s STEM Cafe will address the topic, “Miracle Crops or Frankenfoods,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Taxco Restaurant, 223 W. State St. in Sycamore.

Thomas Sims, director of NIU’s Plant Molecular Biology Center, was part of the research team that produced the first genetically modified plants in the early 1980s. He will discuss the science behind genetic modification, the issues related to its use in current agricultural production and prospects for the future.

STEM Cafes are casual events that offer adults an opportunity to eat, drink and chat with scientists about the latest breakthroughs in science, technology, engineering and math. These monthly events are free and open to the public. Food and drinks are available for purchase.

More information is available online or by contacting Judith Dymond at or 815-753-4751.

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