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URGENT: Safeguard the Planet-Critical Microbiome from GMOs 2.0

About: IRT is hosting an engaging, educational webinar on Earth Day, focusing on why genetically engineered microbes pose an unprecedented risk. Our expert panel will discuss the issues raised in the short film, Don’t Let the Gene Out of the Bottle.

The release of genetically engineered (GE) microbes into the environment (whether deliberate or not) can elicit long-term, large-scale, and potentially irreversible changes to the environment, communities, and ecosystems. The current regulatory framework is wholly inadequate and outdated, lagging far behind the technology and the threat it brings. In most countries, genetically engineered microbes can be released without meaningful government oversight.

There has never been a better time to rally people and governments to safeguard our planet from potential catastrophes caused by engineered microorganisms. Now is the opportunity to protect our precious ecosystem, to protect humanity, and to protect all future generations.

We have the solutions, both natural and technological…We just need you to Rise to the challenge and be a part of this global movement.

URGENT: Safeguard the planet-critical microbiome from GMOs 2.0

About: IRT is hosting an engaging, educational webinar on Earth Day, focusing on why genetically engineered microbes pose an unprecedented risk. Our expert panel will discuss the issues raised in the short film, Don’t Let the Gene Out of the Bottle.

The release of genetically engineered (GE) microbes into the environment (whether deliberate or not) can elicit long-term, large-scale, and potentially irreversible changes to the environment, communities, and ecosystems. The current regulatory framework is wholly inadequate and outdated, lagging far behind the technology and the threat it brings. In most countries, genetically engineered microbes can be released without meaningful government oversight.

There has never been a better time to rally people and governments to safeguard our planet from potential catastrophes caused by engineered microorganisms. Now is the opportunity to protect our precious ecosystem, to protect humanity, and to protect all future generations.

We have the solutions, both natural and technological…We just need you to Rise to the challenge and be a part of this global movement.

We have a fantastic line-up of speakers and facilitators!

Jeffrey Smith

Jeffrey Smith delivers transformational communication on a global scale. A bestselling author, award-winning filmmaker, celebrated public speaker, and penetrating interviewer, his work has influenced the behavior and health of millions of people worldwide.

Jeffrey was the architect of a successful plan to achieve the tipping point of consumer rejection of genetically engineered foods. The majority of Americans now understand that GMOs are unsafe, and the food industry is responding by removing them.

His global bestseller, Seeds of Deception, ignited the anti-GMO movement by exposing industry and government lies about GMO safety. In the book Genetic Roulette, he organized the science behind GMO health risks in a unique, easy-to-digest format, prompting one reviewer to write, “Smith has to be the best science communicator alive today.”

Kiran Krishnan

Kiran Krishnan is a Research Microbiologist and has been involved in the dietary supplement and nutrition market for the past 17 years. He comes from a strict research background having spent several years with hands-on R&D in the fields of molecular medicine and microbiology at the University of Iowa.

He left University research to take a position as the U.S. Business Development and Product Development lead for Amano Enzyme, USA. Amano is one of the world’s largest suppliers of therapeutic enzymes used in the dietary supplement and pharmaceutical industries in North America.

Kiran also established a Clinical Research Organization where he designed and conducted dozens of human clinical trials in human nutrition. Kiran is also a co-founder and partner in Nu Science Trading, LLC.; a nutritional technology development, research and marketing company in the U.S. Dietary Supplement and Medical Food markets. Most recently, Kiran is acting as the Chief Scientific Officer at Physician’s Exclusive, LLC. and Microbiome Labs.

Jim Thomas

Jim Thomas is a Research Director with the ETC Group, currently based in Val David in Quebec, Canada. He has over 25 years international experience tracking the impact of emerging technologies on human rights, biodiversity, equity and food systems, as well as engaging in governance questions around new technologies.

Jim has authored or co-authored many of ETC Group’s reports addressing developments in synthetic biology, geoengineering, nanotechnology, big data and other emerging technology platforms. He has been an active observer in UN processes, most closely at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, where he serves in that body’s Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Synthetic Biology.

He has convened international civil society collaborations on synthetic biology and other technological developments, appeared in several documentaries and has written for a range of international media, including The Guardian, New Internationalist, Huffington Post, Slate and The Ecologist.

Michelle Perro, M.D.

Michelle Perro, MD is a veteran clinician with nearly four decades of experience in both pediatrics as well as in integrative medicine treating both children and their families. Her career began in Pediatric Emergency Medicine winding its way into homeopathic and functional medicine over the years.

She has been director of a Pediatric Emergency Department in NYC and spent over a decade at UCSF Benioff Oakland Children’s Hospital. Dr. Perro has been a tireless advocate regarding the role of GM food and their associated pesticides centered on their affect on children’s health. She is co-author of the highly acclaimed book, “What’s Making our Children Sick?”. She is the Executive Director and co-founder of the website www.gmoscience.org. Her column, Pediatric Pearls, can be found in the integrative medical journal, The Townsend Letter.

In addition to buying Michelle’s book “What’s Making Our Children Sick?”, we highly recommend you watch her videos listed here, where she shares a tremendous amount of knowledge about the impact of pesticides and other toxicants on our children, and how she sees the healing process.

Dr. Michael Antoniou

Michael Antoniou, PhD is a Reader in Molecular Genetics and Head of the Gene Expression and Therapy Group, Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics, King’s College London, UK.

He has 35 years’ experience of using genetic engineering technology, including genome-editing tools, in the investigation of gene organization and control, with over 130 peer-reviewed publications. He holds inventor status on gene expression biotechnology patents. His discoveries in gene control mechanisms are being used for research as well as the development of diagnostic and therapeutic products for genetic disorders.

Dr Antoniou has taken an active interest in the safety of GM crops and their associated pesticides. In recent years he has published papers demonstrating the non-equivalence of glyphosate-tolerant GM corn and non-GM corn. He has also published work demonstrating severe kidney and liver toxicity from chronic exposure to an ultra-low dose of Roundup, and disturbances to the gut microbiome by oxidative stress from glyphosate and Roundup exposure.