GMO Engineer Turns Organic Devotee

 by Ken Roseboroeditor of The Organic & Non-GMO Report, guest post in Natural Vitality Living, published July 2, 2013

The “conversion” of for­mer anti-GMO activist Mark Lynas to GMO promoter has garnered huge media atten­tion, but Thierry Vrain, Ph.D., a for­mer genetic engineer who speaks out against the risks of genetically engi­neered foods, has far more credibility—and a far more important story to tell the public.

Thierry Vrain’s career has spanned the full range of agriculture—from being a proponent of “chemical” agriculture and genetic engineering to being an advo­cate for organic farming and an oppo­nent of GMOs.

A native of France, Vrain earned an under­graduate degree in plant physiology from the Université de Caen and a doc­toral degree from North Carolina State University. After mov­ing to Canada he taught plant physiol­ogy at Université du Québec in Montréal. Then he worked for 30 years as a research scientist for the Canadian government in Québec and British Columbia where he con­ducted research on genetically modified potatoes, among other projects. He was director of the biotechnology department at the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre in Summerland, BC.

After 35 years of research and teaching of soil and molecular biol­ogy, Vrain retired to a small farm in Courtenay, BC called Innisfree. Today, Thierry Vrain is a gardener, a teacher and a pas­sion­ate speaker about organic gardening—from soil health to GMOs.

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