Expert Advisory Board

 

STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES

As experts in science, medicine, and agronomy, we have come together to evaluate the data on the pros and cons of genetically modified organisms (GMO) through an expert review process. We do this within the greater context of the relationships between GMOs and the global ecological and food systems.

In the spirit of integrity in our fields of study, we continue to refine and challenge the validity of our own views, as well as the ever-evolving conventional wisdom surrounding the impacts of GMO technology in the food, health and agricultural sectors.

Michael K. Hansen, PhD

About

Michael K. Hansen Ph.D., is Senior Staff Scientist with Consumers Union (CU), publisher of Consumer Reports. He currently works primarily on food safety issues and has been largely responsible for developing CU positions on safety, testing and labeling of genetically engineered food and “mad cow” disease. Since 2003, he has worked on a multi-state effort to ban the use of food crops to produce pharmaceutical drugs and industrial chemicals.

Dr. Hansen has testified at hearings in Washington, D.C., many states, and Canada, and has prepared comments on many proposed U.S. governmental rules and regulations on food safety issues. He also represents Consumers International, a federation of more than 250 organizations in 110 countries, at Codex Alimentarius and other international fora on issues. Dr. Hansen speaks on CU’s concerns on mad cow disease, GMOs, pest management, and antibiotics in animal feed, at meetings and conferences throughout the world.

Dr. Hansen served on the USDA Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biotechnology from 1998-2002, and on the California Department of Food and Agriculture Food Biotechnology Advisory Committee, from 2001-2002. He was appointed to a FAO/WHO Joint Consultation on Genetically Engineered Animals in 2003. In June 2005, he joined the Board of ETC Group, previously known as RAFI.

Dr. Hansen authored the Consumers Union book Pest Control for House and Garden, published in 1992, and co-authored Pest Management at the Crossroads, a 1996 policy study on integrated pest management. He has also written reports on alternatives to agricultural pesticides in developing countries, and the pesticide and agriculture policies of the World Bank and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. He wrote CU’s 1990 report on recombinant bovine growth hormone, Biotechnology and Milk: Benefit or Threat? In 2004, he co-authored Pharmaceutical Rice in California: Potential Risks to Consumers, the Environment and the California Rice Industry. He is widely quoted in the media.

Education

Undergraduate: Northwestern University, Highest Distinction
Graduate: University of Michigan, Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Postdoctoral Research: University of Kentucky, Impacts of biotechnology on agricultural research

David Schubert, PhD

About

David Schubert, PhD, is a medical research scientist, professor and head of the Cellular Neurobiology Lab at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla CA. His laboratory works on drug discovery for Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. He has also worked on public health issues by serving on the San Diego County Science Advisory Board and National Water Research Institute Panels, and independently has argued in scientific texts and editorials that some GM food products and the technology behind them are serious hazards to public health.

Education

Undergraduate: Indiana University, B.S. in Chemistry and Bacteriology
Graduate: University of California San Diego, Ph.D. in Immunology and Cell Biology
Postdoctoral Research: Institut Pasteur, Paris, France. Molecular Biology

Ramon J. Seidler, PhD

About

Ramon J. Seidler, Ph.D. is an environmental microbiologist with over 30 years experience in studying the ecology of potentially pathogenic microbes and researching, defining and providing examples of environmental hazards associated with genetically engineered microbes and crops.

Education

Undergraduate: B.S. Biology, California State University, Northridge, CA
Graduate: Ph.D. Bacteriology, University of California, Davis
Postdoctoral NIH Fellow: Texas Graduate Center, M.D. Anderson Hospital, Houston TX
Honors: Elected as Fellow, American Academy for Microbiology, listed in the International Biographical Centre of Cambridge England list of the 2,000 Outstanding World Scientists of the 20th Century; Elected to Phi Kappa Phi honorary, Twice received U.S. EPA Bronze Medals for research service to the U.S. EPA. One of 3 founding editors of Molecular Ecology, a science journal dedicated to cutting-edge research in this field.

Myrto Ashe, MD, MPH

About

Myrto Angela Ashe, MD, MPH, is a family physician with 24 years’ experience, working in patient care in the San Francisco Bay area.

Education

Medical School: McGill University Faculty of Medicine (1987)
Residency: Brown University Family Medicine Residency Program (1990)
Masters in Public Health: UC Berkeley (1995); Maternal and Child Health
Preventive Medicine Residency: UC Berkeley (1996)

Johnathan R Latham, PhD

About

Jonathan R Latham, PhD Is Co-founder and Executive Director of the Bioscience Resource Project and Editor of the Independent Science News website. Prior to heading the Bioscience Resource Project he published scientific papers in disciplines as diverse as plant ecology, plant virology and genetics. He regularly presents at scientific conferences on papers published by the Bioscience Resource Project. He is also a fellow of the 21st Century Trust.

Education

Graduate: Dr. Latham holds a Masters degree in Crop Genetics and a PhD in Virology. He was subsequently a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Genetics, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Kristine Nichols, PhD

About

Kristine Nichols, PhD, is Chief Scientist at Rodale Institute in Pennsylvania. Since 1993, Dr. Nichols has studied arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi, a plant-root symbiont. Her most recent work involves the investigation of glomalin, a substance produced by AM fungi. Glomalin contributes to nutrient cycling by assisting transport of nutrients from the soil to the plant and also to soil structure. This contributes to plant health by helping to form and stabilize soil aggregates. Dr. Nichols has also been examining the impacts of farm management such as crop rotation, tillage practices, organic production, cover crops, and livestock grazing, on soil aggregation, water relationships, and glomalin.

Education

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science degrees in Plant Biology and in Genetics and Cell Biology from the University of Minnesota in 1995
Graduate: Masters degree in Environmental Microbiology from West Virginia University in 1999; Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of Maryland in 2003

Arti Chandra

Arti Chandra, MD, MPH

About

Arti Chandra, M.D. specializes in Family Medicine and Holistic Medicine. Dr. Chandra is affiliated with Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, WA.

Education
Undergraduate: University of IL, Urbana-Champaign (1986); BS Psychology
Graduate: Masters in Public Health: Univ of IL, Chicago (1988); Maternal and Child Health/International Health
Medical School: Loyola University School of Medicine (1992)
National Task Force Coordinator, Nutrition and Preventive Medicine (1990-1992): American Medical Student Association
Residency: Providence/Swedish Family Medicine Residency Program (1995)
Functional Medicine Consultative Practice (2007-present): Swedish Medical Group
Certification in Functional Medicine: Institute for Functional Medicine: 2013