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Corn Workshop with Mary Eubanks

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Friday, October 24, 2014
4:20 pm - 6:20 pm

Corn: Genetic Diversity, Political ControversyA Talk with Duke Corn Biologist Mary EubanksLocation: Duke Campus Farm, 4934 Friends School Road, Durham, NC 27705In the field and the lab, corn scientist Mary Eubanks wears many hats. She is a Duke Professor of Biology; founder of her own seed genetics company, Sun Dance Genetics LLC; and leading advocate for changing the way we grow one of the world's most contested crops. On October 24th, Mary will speak about the different types of and uses for corn, and corn's importance in the global food system. With one of her test sites in the background at the Duke Campus Farm, Mary will also share her own work breeding organic hybrid corn and promoting genetic diversity.Mary's work sits at the intersection of global health, business ethics, sustainable agriculture, consumer politics, and more. She will even tell us how her research could improve food security in places like South Sudan, where farmers have successfully grown Mary's corn in recent years due to a collaboration between Mary and Duke's Divinity School. Join us to connect the dots between healthy seeds and stronger food systems, and to gain a clearer understanding of many scientific and political struggles surrounding corn production.

Contact: Emily McGinty