For detailed background on the Pusztai affair, see the excerpt From 'Don't Worry It's Safe To Eat'
by Andrew Rowell
Pusztai/Bardosz Visit to the US

Itinerary and Events [+ related materials]

*Iowa State University - Leopold Center presents: Scientific Advances in Understanding the Human Health Effects of GM Foods December 1, 2003 -- 3:30 p.m., Gallery, ISU Memorial Union, Ames Pusztai is a research pioneer on the effects of dietary lectins (carbohydrate-reactive proteins) on body metabolism and health. The seminar is hosted by the Leopold Center and the ISU Bioethics Program. A reception follows the presentation.

Arpad Pusztai, .
Contact: Jeri Neal, (515) 294-5610, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

More about Pusztai
seminar flier/PDF
*Minnesota Global presents: GMOs and Your Health December 2, 2003 -- 5:30 - 7 p.m. Minnesota Global, an ongoing series examining the impacts of globalization on Minnesota, presents Drs. Árpád Pusztai, Susan Bardócz and Charles Benbrook for "GMOs and Your Health." Dr. Pusztai's research findings indicated that a genetically engineered potato diet weakened rats' immune systems and adversely affected the animals' internal organs. When he shared his findings with the media (with his superior's permission), Dr. Pusztai was promptly fired from his research post.

Hear the whole story and the details of his research on Tues., Dec. 2 from 5:30-7 p.m. Visit the Minnesota Global site for information and complete archives of past events.

Unable to make it? Minnesota Global also broadcasts live over the Internet (requires RealPlayer).
*Colorado Public Health Association presents: GMO Symposium Regional Institute for Health & Environmental Leadership -- "At Issue: Genetically Modified Organisms, Human Health and the Environment" December 4, 2003 -- 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

A balance of presentations regarding genetic engineering and attendant scientific and policy issues. A variety of perspectives will be offered regarding Biology of genetic mechanisms
Mechanics of genetic engineering
Environmental systems                                          
Documented and potential benefits and problems
Risk assessments
Legal and Regulatory Issues

Invited speakers are:
Barry Commoner - Center for the Biology of Natural Systems, Queens College, NY
Neil Hamilton - Drake University Law School
Martina McGloughlin - University of California, Davis
Arpad Pusztai - Norwegian Food Sciences Institute (consultant)
Andrew Staehelin - University of Colorado, Boulder
Representatives from regulatory agencies
Charles Benbrook - Moderator

For more information contact Lisa Silva-Derou at 303-871-2097 or e-mail Lisa
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University of California at Berkeley presents:
December 10, 2003 -- 7 PM
The Lancet Coverage of GM Food Safety and the Ewen-Pusztai Study
ARTICLE --  Effect of diets containing genetically modified potatoes expressing Galanthus nivalis lectin on rat small intestine, Lancet, October
16, 1999

EDITORIAL -- "Health risks of genetically modified foods," May 29, 1999, Volume 353. Editorial raises importance of growing debate over GM food safety and mentions basic findings of Pusztai research, quoting Pusztai's comment in an interview that he would not eat the GM  potatoes himself, and that it is "very, very unfair to use our fellow citizens as guineapigs." This ediorial appears over five months before the publication by "The Lancet" of the Ewen-Pusztai paper on the GM potato  experiment.]

LETTERS -- "Health risks of genetically modified foods," July 3, 1999, Volume 354. Three letters respond to the May 29th editorial -- two criticizing it and the Ewen-Pusztai study, one supporitng the need for more openness in regulatory risk assessments and decision-making.

COMMENTARY -- Genetically modified foods: "absurd" concern or welcome dialogue?" October 16, 2003 Commentary by Richard Horton imploring an open dialogue surrounding the EU GM issues -- "berating critics, rather than engaging them, and critisizing reports of research...will only intensify public scepticism about science and scientists."
CORRESPONDENCE -- "Rats and Risk"
January 27, 2001,
Volume 357 Commentary by Shane Morris and Doug Powell
CORRESPONDENCE -- "Health risks of genetically modified foods," July 3, 1999, Volume 354

Genetically Modified Foods: Are They a Risk to Human/Animal Health? Arpad Pusztai, Ph.D. June 2001