Julian Kunnie

Are genetically modified foods (GMOs) dangerous? Biogenetic innovations in the early 21st century have promoted the development of GMO seeds and foods as a potential solution to the crisis of world hunger. Currently, 80 percent of the corn, soy, and cotton cultivated in the United States is genetically modified. Are GMO seed and food products the best solution to solving hunger and food shortages around the world?

Please join Professor Julian Kunnie of the University of Arizona who will address these and other questions regarding GMOs in his lecture “Eradicating Global Hunger: Is Genetically Modified Food (GMO) a Solution?” at 3:30 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 16) in the Arizona Senior Academy Great Room.

Kunnie will discuss the impact of GMOs on our health and welfare and the environmental and agricultural consequences of pervasive GMO seed cultivation in the United States and abroad. This discussion will include the impact of biotechnology on our food and future while questioning how best to redress worldwide hunger and impoverishment. He will additionally discuss how the consequences of globalization technologies and economics have exacerbated the issue of international hunger and increased the disparity between wealthy elites and the destitute majority of the world.

Kunnie is professor of religious studies and classics at the University of Arizona. He received his PhD from the Graduate Theological Union at the University of California, Berkeley. His most recent book is The Cost of Globalization: Dangers to the Earth and Its People (McFarland, 2015).

Professor Kunnie has recently returned from delivering lectures on the history of colonization and globalization at Shaanxi Normal University in Xi’an, China.

Written by Don and Carol Gilzinger, Academy Village Volunteers


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