by Kurt Kunkle

Brian Halweil, a researcher and writer at WorldWatch Institute, will speak on "Genetic Engineering, the World Meat Stampede and the Food You Eat" at a vegetarian chili dinner sponsored by the Vegetarian Society of Colorado.

The event will be held on Sunday, April 16, at the Denver First Seventh-Day Adventist Church at 6200 W. Hampden Blvd. in Denver; the doors open at 4:00 p.m., the supper is at 5:00 p. m. and the talk will be at 5:30 p. m. The cost to attend is $15 for the general public ($12 for VSC members) and half-price for children 12 and under. Please bring your own "environmentally friendly" washable tableware and utensils. Reservations are required by April 13; call the VSC at 303-777-4828.

Brian Halweil is a researcher and writer at The WorldWatch Institute, a well-known environmental "think tank" organization. An expert on biotechnology and other agricultural issues, he offers a distinctively different point of view from that of mainstream agricultural technology, maintaining that our agricultural system is not sustainable and in fact is significantly destabilizing our world food system. Halweil is a contributor to the annual State of the World report, which has sold more than 1 million copes, and was also co-author of Vital Signs 1999. His work has appeared in national newspapers such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor and on radio networks, including NPR and Voice of America. Halweil has traveled extensively in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, learning indigenous farming techniques and promoting sustainable food production. He has been a vegetarian for 10 years.

This event is sponsored by the Vegetarian Society of Colorado, a nonprofit educational organization seeking to educate the public about vegetarianism. To this end, the society publishes a bimonthly newsletter, sponsors events and lectures, distributes literature, and hosts potlucks all over Colorado.


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