Livestock and Biotechnology: A Match Made in Heaven?

CALGARY, May 8, 2014 /CNW/ - The not-for-profit research funding organization Genome Alberta is kicking off a 6 city road show on May 14th in Lethbridge to talk about the use of biotechnology in livestock production.

As genomics technology is applied more frequently in the livestock sector a variety of societal, cultural, and economic issues are being raised. This series of public meetings is an opportunity for the public, ranchers, and the media to ask questions, make comments, and generally have a frank and open discussion about the technology.

The 90 minute sessions run Wednesdays starting May 14th in Lethbridge and concluding June 18th in Fort McMurray. The Calgary session is at noon and will be moderated by science journalist Jay Ingram. All the other sessions are in the evening and are moderated by writer and broadcaster Don Hill.  Each session will feature an opening and comments from experts, followed by a moderated Q & A, and then open to the audience to ask questions and make comments.

Genome Alberta has worked with the Science Media Centre of Canada to prepare 4 background papers which will be available online and at the events. Additional funding for the entire series was provided by the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency.

Food and refreshments will be available, admission is free, and no pre-registration is required. The full schedule of dates, times, and locations is below.

About Genome Alberta

Genome Alberta is a not-for-profit genomics research organization funded by Genome Canada and various government levels, agencies and departments.  We initiate, manage, and fund omics-related research in agriculture, health, energy, and the environment.  Visit http://GenomeAlberta.ca for more information.

Full schedule for public discussions about biotechnology and livestock production:

Lethbridge - May 14th, 7:00p
University of Lethbridge
Andy's Place
Anderson Hall - Rm AH100

Calgary - May 21st, noon
University of Calgary Campus
906 - 8th Ave. S.W.

Red Deer - May 28th, 7:00p
Red Deer Public Library
56 Holt St.

Edmonton - June 4th, 7:00p
Lister Centre, University of Alberta
87th Ave and 116th St

Grande Prairie - June 11th, 7:00p
Coca Cola Centre
6 Knowledge Way

Fort McMurray - June 18, 7:00p
Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre
530 Mackenzie Blvd.

SOURCE Genome Alberta

For further information:

Mike Spear 
Genome Alberta, Director of Communications 
403-210-5265 or cell 403-813-5843 
mspear@GenomeAlberta.ca 
@GenomeAlberta on Twitter