AKHP Public Lecture, Khorog: Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) – Slow Food versus Fast Food
March 28th 2019, 3:00 pm
Regional Coordinator, Slow Food Pamir
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) are organisms that are artificially impregnated with genetic materials from other animal organisms that help improve the characteristics of the original organism (energy value; pest, disease or weather resistance, accelerated ripening, extended shelf-life, improved productivity) in order to decrease production costs.
Drought-resistant wheat using scorpion’s genes, potatoes with bacteria genes that can kill Colorado potato beetles, tomatoes with flounder’s genes, and soy and strawberries with bacteria genes – all seem to be great solutions in the context of continuously growing population and other economic issues. Meanwhile, development of this path has some challenges. The lecture will discuss GMO’s negative and positive effects on the human organism, as well as alternative ways to address the problem.
Mohira Rahimdjonova was born in Khorog, Tajikistan. In 1986, she graduated from the Tajik Agricultural Institute in Dushanbe. From 1986-1988, she was the Chief Animal Technician of Shirino Shotemur Collective Farm in the Shugnan region of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast. In 1988-1989, she served as an Instructor with the Communist Youth League Organisational Department of the Communist Party's Sumsk Regional Committee (Ukraine). In 2000-2005, she was a Gender Specialist at the Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (Aga Khan Foundation).
Since May 2015, she has been the Head of the “Republican Laboratory for Immunogenetics Control” state-owned enterprise. She has participated in numerous international conferences and workshops in Turkey, China, Italy and other countries. Since 2004, she has been the Coordinator of the “Slow Food Italy-Pamir” project. She holds international certificates in fish-farming and poultry farming, as well as Certificates of Merit, awarded by the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan.
Candidate of Philosophy
Head of the Department of Philosophy and Political Studies
Khorog State University
The lecture will be delivered in Russian.
Ismaili Centre in Khorog
132 Shotemurov Street
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