Professor to discuss ‘Silencing the Independent Scientist’


Hawaii Seed and the Mom Hui invite the community to a special program from 6-8 p.m. today as part of the “Raise Awareness Inspire Change” speaker series.

This round features UC Berkeley Professor Tyrone Hayes on “Silencing the Independent Scientist.”

The program will be hosted in Room 108 of the University of Hawaii at Hilo Science &Technology Building.

In this free presentation, Hayes will discuss his findings from 15 years of research on the herbicide Atrazine and his struggle with the Syngenta corporation, the maker of atrazine. His story of scientific and political corruption was recently featured in the New Yorker magazine.

During the first half hour, enjoy light refreshments and an opportunity to meet Hayes. A question-and-answer period will follow his presentation.

Paul Towers from Pesticide Action Network also will speak, presenting an overview of pesticide use nationally and internationally, and the significant role Hawaii plays as ground zero for open-air pesticide experimentation.

Hayes, who has been highly published in peer-review journals since the 1990s, discovered atrazine, the most widely used herbicide in America, is a disruptor of the endocrine system — emasculating male frogs and transforming them into fully functioning reproductive females.

Hayes will also speak from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in Kona Island Naturals’ upstairs meeting room.

 

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