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Sunday Morning with Chris Laidlaw
Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
Weekly Program
Wayne Brittenden, Zack Kaldveer, Jack Heinemann
 Barry Murphy  Contact Contributor
May 26, 2013, 4:39 a.m.
This weekend the Millions Against Monsanto demonstrations are taking place in more than 40 countries. Wayne looks at the GM industry and revealing new research on comparative crop yields. Chris follows up with Canterbury University's Professor Jack Heinemann, and Zack Kaldveer, of the US Organic Consumers Association.
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Zack Kaldveer is assistant media manager at the Organic Consumers Association.

Protesters across the US are joining the worldwide rally against biotech giant Monsanto and genetically engineered crops. The mass protest comes shortly after the Senate turned down a bill that would allow states to require the labeling of GM foods
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Jack Heinemann is a professor of genetics and molecular biology in the School of Biological Sciences and director of the Centre for Integrated Research in Biosafety at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand and is a senior adjunct professor of gene ecology at GenØk – Centre for Biosafety in Tromsø, Norway. Jack was a staff fellow at the US National Institutes of Health from 1989-1994. He received his BSc with honours in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Oregon.

Jack received the ICAAC Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) in 1993. The ASM is the largest professional scientific society in the world and this award is given to only four scientists per year. He was also the recipient of the New Zealand Association of Scientists Research Medal in 2002. He has given dozens of invited lectures at prestigious universities and societies, including approximately six keynote addresses and distinguished lectures.

Jack was appointed to the UN Roster of Biosafety Experts in 2005. Since then, he has served the Secretariat for the Convention of Biodiversity as a peer-reviewer of biosafety training materials and on the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Risk Assessment and Risk Management. He was commissioned by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN FAO) to prepare a definitive view on gene flow from transgenic crops; the report was ultimately adopted by an intergovernmental panel. Jack was a lead author on Chapter 6 of the global report, and of the biotechnology section of the Synthesis Report, for the International Assessment on Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD). In this latter role, he was invited by the Director of the IAASTD to represent the authors at the intergovernmental plenary at which the report was adopted. In addition to that role, he has been a biotechnology advisor on an ad hoc basis to multiple government agencies in New Zealand, and agencies of the US and Norwegian governments.

Jack has published broadly in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, with nearly 100 scholarly publications in such international peer-reviewed journals as Science, Nature, Nature Biotechnology and Trends in Biotechnology. He is an active researcher with his own laboratory wherein he supervises the work of four PhD students and a postdoctoral scholar.

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