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Food Matters Aotearoa Conference


Sat 14 Feb 2015, 8:00am–6:00pm
Sun 15 Feb 2015, 8:00am–6:00pm

Where: Te Papa, 55 Cable St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • early bird: $280.00
  • Student/ unwaged: $250.00
  • Late registration: $310.00
  • one day only: $200.00
  • Dinner - limited seats: $75.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Have you been wondering...
- How nutritious is your food and how it is produced?
- Should New Zealand embrace GM food production?
- Are alternative farming methods able to feed the world and produce healthier food?

If so - join us in welcoming for the first time in New Zealand our international keynote speakers who are experts in their fields of:- modern agriculture; agroecology; food safety; policy development; ecosystem sustainability and seed diversity.

Professor Gilles–Eric Seralini – is an internationally renowned scientist whose team studied the long term effects of herbicides and genetically engineered (GE) corn on rats. The study uncovered the potential for increased risk of endocrine tumours, liver and kidney damage from the GE corn tested, and its related herbicide. His talk discusses the impact of his research.

Emeritus Professor Don Huber – His agricultural research the past 55 years has focused on the epidemiology and control of soilborne plant pathogens with emphasis on microbial ecology. He is internationally recognized for his expertise on the efficiency of nitrogen (N) fertilizers and nutrient deficiencies plants. He will talk about different farming systems and their effects on beneficial microorganisms, soil minerals and the resulting nutrient uptake in the foods we eat.

Dr. Vandana Shiva –is a highly respected scientist, who is an inspiration worldwide. Her lifelong dedication to the protection of biological and cultural diversity, social justice, indigenous knowledge and women’s rights, empowers us all to listen and act. She will talk on sustainable agroecology, bio-diversity, food sovereignty, and the integrity of living organisms, in particular the protection of traditional seed varieties as a viable solution to world hunger.

Professor Gu Xiulin researches and lectures on agricultural economics and globalisation. She has studied extensively China’s diverse traditional farming systems. Her talk will cover the social and economic impact of globalisation on food production that is shaping China's decisions for their farmers and consumers.

Whether you are a consumer, farmer, scientist or government delegate, you have the opportunity both to contribute and to expand your understanding on the most important issues of today.
Safe food production is a core value for all New Zealanders, and as has been demonstrated over the past year underpins our economy and health. The conference is non-partisan and cross-cultural, its workshops aim to identify problems and strategies for nutritious food production.

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