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What's in Your Belly: Faculty Talk to Cut Through Organic vs. GMO Debate

Waubonsee Biology Instructor Justin Hoshaw will help dig into the differences between organic and GMO food during his April 2 presentation, "Asset Earth: What's In Your Belly?" The event is free and open to the public.

Few things consume the minds of human beings more than food.

And in recent years, many human minds have ruminated on questions concerning the food they are consuming, and specifically whether the food they are putting in their bodies is as healthy as it could be.

On April 2, Waubonsee Community College Biology Instructor Justin Hoshaw will serve up a discussion on this topic, as he attempts to cut through the debate surrounding the differences between so-called organic food and food obtained from so-called genetically modified organisms, or food-producing plants modified by humans for particular genetic traits.

Called “What’s in Your Belly?,” the session will be held Thursday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in the Waubonsee Auditorium on the college’s Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive. The event is free and open to the public.

Hoshaw said the presentation was inspired by events in his own life, as he began to more closely examine the foods he and his growing family were consuming.

“These terms ‘organic’ and ‘GMO’ are thrown around a lot, and even among educated people, it’s hard to correctly define these terms,” said Hoshaw. “There is a lot of bad information in the media and online that takes a lot of time to sort out.”

Hoshaw said he intends to approach the presentation from the perspective of “a level-headed parent, instructor and biologist” trying to impart science-based knowledge on food to help others make informed decisions when shopping for groceries.

The presentation is part of Waubonsee’s Asset Earth series, which looks at people and their environment. For more information or to RSVP, email communityed@waubonsee.edu or call (630) 466-7900, ext. 2360.

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