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Panel to discuss GMOs in Ojai

January 30, 2014

By Lisa McKinnon, Ventura County Star, Calif.

Jan. 30--Genetically modified foods will be the topic of The GMO Panel Saturday at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.

The event will be the first in a series of panel discussions presented by the Ojai Chautauqua on the future on food.

The panelists will be Alan McHughen, a UC Riverside professor and author of "Pandora's Picnic Basket: The Potential and Hazards of Genetically Modified Foods;" John W. Roulac, founder and CEO of Nutiva, which makes foods with hemp, coconut and chia; and Gregory Jaffe, director of biotechnology at the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, D.C.

Ventura County Superior Court Judge Fred Bysshe will serve as moderator. A reception with the panelists will follow.

Inspired by the Chautauqua Institution in New York state and similar adult education programs in other communities, the Ojai Chautauqua formed to help engage Ventura County residents "in civil discourse about controversial and highly passionate subjects on the future of food," according to the organization's website.

The GMO Panel is the first in what the group says will be a series of food-related discussions culminating in a fall festival at Libbey Bowl in Ojai.

The panel will be at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 if purchased in advance at Barbara Bowman's, 125 E. Ojai Ave., or at

If available, tickets will be $25 at the event, 905 Country Club Road.

For more information, contact 340-8765 or


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