On Thursday, March 16th, the PVGC was fortunate to have 4 experts participate in a panel discussion on the Pros and Cons of GMOs. Mike Newman, owner of Corona Seeds World Wide, started us off by discussing historical methods like plant breeding and hybridization. Then, Daniel Croker, founder of Danny Boy Seeds, and a Monsanto representative, talked about the benefits of genetic modification--soon to include gene splicing--that can improve production and build in resistance to disease and pests.
Steve Sprinkel, who is an organic farmer and one of the founders of the organic movement in Ventura county cautioned that government agencies have not done their "due diligence" in assuring us that GMOs are safe, because industry lobbyists have been placed at the highest levels of government to shepherd through genetically modified products. Finally, Ron Whitehurst, founding partner of Rincon-Vitova Insectaries, Inc., presented study results questioning the efficacy of GMOs and reminded us of the organic solutions available to us for our garden programs.
It proved to be a very educational and lively discussion. Thanks again to all of our speakers, and to all of the folks who came to our meeting!
Rose Obetz, VP Programs.
All in all it was a one of the most interesting lectures we've had. Our thanks go to Rose for all her hard work putting this together.
Rose Obetz, VP of programs, introduces the members of this months panel discussion on GMO's
Mike Newman discussed plant breeding and hybridization
Daniel Croker, spoke about the benefits of GMO, which can improve production and help future needs of feeding the world.
Steve Sprinkel, also spoke about GMO and it advantages as well as organic farming.
Rose Obetz and Ron Whitehurst. Ron spoke, in rebuttal, about the disadvantages of GMO's.
Club members enjoy the heated discussion
Marie Coolidge reporting on courtyard care
Suzanne Ingram, substituting for Anita Kuzas is discusiing each of the horticulture entries.
Here we see a violation of those rules. On the right we see two orchids in the same container. You're allowed only one cutting per container. Oh the shame and humiliation of it all!
Potted plants are encouraged. Also, the rules state that any food entries must contain 3 each as we can see by the lemon entry.
The hospitality group has once again delivered the goods, meaning the food was abundant and delicious.
Crackers and coldcuts.
Each month the members are encouraged to purchase tickets for a raffle. Here are gifts for this month. The proceeds go towards our donations to various groups; teachers, schools, Los Padres National Forest, reforestation and community endowments to mention a few.