Our earliest interviews on the topic of GMOs were with Professor Joe Cummins. These conversations included eye-opening news that field tests were underway designed to deliver vaccines via genetically modified foods. Professor Joe Cummins has lost his battle with cancer. He was 82.
This weekend on The Dougherty Report, we will present a montage of his appearances on the program.
Professor Joseph Cummins’ biography from the Society in Science website:
Dr. Joe Cummins, Professor Emeritus of Genetics , University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, is one of the earliest critics of genetic engineering. He obtained BS Horticulture, Washington State University 1955 and PhD Cellular Biology, University of Wisconsin 1962. Carried out postdoctoral research at Edinburgh, Palermo, Stockholm (Karolinska) and the Macardle Laboratory for Cancer Research University of Wisconsin. Taught genetics at Rutgers and the University of Washington, Seattle before joining University of Western Ontario in 1972. Became involved in environmental issues from 1968 including mercury, asbestos, PCB and pesticide pollution along with waste sites and incinerators. His critiques of genetic modification began in 1988 when he encountered the power of multinational corporations over the Canadian federal government, and their refusal to face serious risk evaluations. He has published over 200 scientific and popular articles, and is an associate editor and regular contributor to Science in Society .