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REF NO.: 189

SUBJECT: Are cows more trustworthy than chemists?

DATE: March 21

Are cows more trustworthy than chemists? That’s the intriguing question to be answered by Dr. Joe Schwarcz, the 2011 Elizabeth R. Laird guest lecturer.
A recent story in Time magazine about the relative merits of conventional and organic produce featured a curious quote from a professor of nutrition education at Columbia University. When asked if she preferred butter or margarine, she replied “I would rather trust a cow than a chemist.”
            Unfortunately such negative comments about chemistry are not unusual these days as the lay press often focuses on “toxic chemicals” in our air, water, food and even in our blood, said Dr. Schwarcz, who will put these chemical risks into perspective for the public.
            Dr. Schwarcz is director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society. His public lecture will take place Wednesday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. on the St. John’s Campus in the Inco Innovation Centre, room IIC-2001. Admission is free with parking in Lot 15B.

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