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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

A little out of order

I would normally talk about my weekend (if I did anything during the weekend) on my first post of the week. As I voted yesterday however, I felt that was more important. Having said that, I did have an eventful weekend. On Saturday, I went to a discussion on Saturday at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park about genetically modified food. It was a talk sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council as part of their Future Perfect: Conversations on the Meaning of the Genetics Revolution series. The talk was moderated by a food historian and featured a geneticist and an ethicist talking about the issues surrounding genetically modified food. The talk was neither pro nor con, it simply brought up the issues and let people make up their own minds on how they felt about the topic. They also brought up issues that, while they are not genetically modified issues, have been tied to the overall issue, like the loss of biological diversity, globalization, and who really benefits from the production of genetically modified foods. I don't have a problem with genetically modified foods as long as the research has been done by a credible establishment that indicates that they are safe for human consumption. There were some people there however, that had already made up their minds against GMO before even the talk began and there was nothing that anyone was going to say that was going to change their mind. After the talk, I went to the Gin Mill for lunch and watched MSU get stomped on by Indiana.

I had an early evening on Saturday because I had to get up early on Sunday. I was volunteering with One Brick at Montrose Harbor for a 5K and 10K race. We worked from 8-11 AM at the refreshment tables serving water, Gatorade, bananas, energy bars, and candy. I ran into a few people that I get along well with and enjoy the company of. After we were done we went to lunch. While my sense of time was a little messed up because of the time change and because I had to get up early on Sunday, it was a good day.


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