Claire Hope Cummings M.A, J.D

Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds

Video Replays from the 2018 Conference

Video Replays from previous conferences

  • Claire Hope Cummings M.A, J.D. 2015 Offstage Interview
  • 30:57
Claire Hope Cummings M.A, J.D
Claire Hope Cummings M.A, J.D. 2015 Offstage Interview

Posted Oct 2015

  • Full Version of Panel - GMOs: Unmasking the Global Charade
  • 01:29:22
Claire Hope Cummings M.A, J.D, Steven Druker J.D., JEFFREY M. SMITH
Full Version of Panel - GMOs: Unmasking the Global Charade

Posted Nov 2015

  • Full Version of Panel - How Seeds, Soil Life, GMOs and Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Will Impact You and Your Families Future
  • 01:22:24
David R. Montgomery Ph.D, Claire Hope Cummings M.A, J.D, Roger L. Greenlaw M.D.
Full Version of Panel - How Seeds, Soil Life, GMOs and Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Will Impact You and Your Families Future

Posted Nov 2015

  • To Control The Population Control The Seeds
  • 30:35
Claire Hope Cummings M.A, J.D
To Control The Population Control The Seeds

Posted Mar 2017

  • What Is Wrong With The Way Corn Is Grown?
  • 11:16
Claire Hope Cummings M.A, J.D
What Is Wrong With The Way Corn Is Grown?

Posted Mar 2017

  • The Corruption Of Science And The University System
  • 20:57
Claire Hope Cummings M.A, J.D
The Corruption Of Science And The University System

Posted Mar 2017

  • Why Should We Care About Species Extinction? What's The Big Deal If We Lose 80% Of Them?
  • 06:30
David R. Montgomery Ph.D, Claire Hope Cummings M.A, J.D, Roger L. Greenlaw M.D.
Why Should We Care About Species Extinction? What's The Big Deal If We Lose 80% Of Them?

Posted Feb 2017

  • What Role Does Soil Play In Preventing Climate Change?
  • 12:45
David R. Montgomery Ph.D, Claire Hope Cummings M.A, J.D, Roger L. Greenlaw M.D.
What Role Does Soil Play In Preventing Climate Change?

Posted Feb 2017

  • How Concerned Are You About Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria?
  • 09:19
David R. Montgomery Ph.D, Claire Hope Cummings M.A, J.D, Roger L. Greenlaw M.D.
How Concerned Are You About Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria?

Posted Feb 2017

  • What Are The Solutions For Our Problems With Seeds, Farming And Gut Health?
  • 12:49
David R. Montgomery Ph.D, Claire Hope Cummings M.A, J.D, Roger L. Greenlaw M.D.
What Are The Solutions For Our Problems With Seeds, Farming And Gut Health?

Posted Feb 2017

  • How Does Our Gut Bacteria Affect Our Health?
  • 08:59
David R. Montgomery Ph.D, Claire Hope Cummings M.A, J.D, Roger L. Greenlaw M.D.
How Does Our Gut Bacteria Affect Our Health?

Posted Feb 2017

  • What's The Big Deal If There Are fewer Varieties Of Seeds, Fruits, And Vegetables?
  • 06:23
David R. Montgomery Ph.D, Claire Hope Cummings M.A, J.D, Roger L. Greenlaw M.D.
What's The Big Deal If There Are fewer Varieties Of Seeds, Fruits, And Vegetables?

Posted Feb 2017

  • Why Should We Be Concerned About Soil Erosion?
  • 27:37
David R. Montgomery Ph.D, Claire Hope Cummings M.A, J.D, Roger L. Greenlaw M.D.
Why Should We Be Concerned About Soil Erosion?

Posted Feb 2017

  • GMO's And Autism, Is there A Connection?
  • 11:19
Claire Hope Cummings M.A, J.D, Steven Druker J.D., JEFFREY M. SMITH
GMO's And Autism, Is there A Connection?

Posted Feb 2017

  • Can't We Always Pull GMO Foods Off The Shelf If They Turn Out To Be Dangerous?
  • 13:55
Claire Hope Cummings M.A, J.D, Steven Druker J.D., JEFFREY M. SMITH
Can't We Always Pull GMO Foods Off The Shelf If They Turn Out To Be Dangerous?

Posted Feb 2017

  • Why Should A Mom Avoid Genetically Modified Foods If She Wants To Keep Her Family Healthy?
  • 09:11
Claire Hope Cummings M.A, J.D, Steven Druker J.D., JEFFREY M. SMITH
Why Should A Mom Avoid Genetically Modified Foods If She Wants To Keep Her Family Healthy?

Posted Feb 2017

  • How Would You Explain Genetically Modified Foods To An 8 Year Old?
  • 21:45
Claire Hope Cummings M.A, J.D, Steven Druker J.D., JEFFREY M. SMITH
How Would You Explain Genetically Modified Foods To An 8 Year Old?

Posted Feb 2017

  • Are There Other Techniques Similar To Genetically Modifying Our Food That Should Concern Us?
  • 22:19
Claire Hope Cummings M.A, J.D, Steven Druker J.D., JEFFREY M. SMITH
Are There Other Techniques Similar To Genetically Modifying Our Food That Should Concern Us?

Posted Feb 2017


Claire Hope Cummings, M.A, J.D, is an environmental lawyer, journalist, and the award winning author of Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds (Beacon Press) which won the American Book Award and the book of the year award from the Society for Economic Botany. Claire’s stories focus on the environmental and political implications of how we eat and how food and farming reconnects us to each other, to the places where we live, and the extraordinary knowledge of land based peoples. Claire brings over three decades of broad experience in agriculture to her work. She has farmed in California and in Vietnam, where she had an organic farm in the Mekong Delta. For four years she was an attorney for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Office of General Counsel. After leaving government service Claire represented native people in defense of their ancestral lands. Claire founded The Cultural Conservancy in 1985 and continues to work with traditional people in Hawai’i and North America to preserve their knowledge systems and life-ways. She continues to study and write about seeds and plant knowledge, and how traditional ecological knowledge can meet the challenges of climate change and environmental justice.Claire has been active in the local food and farming movement in the San Francisco Bay Area, helping to found the Marin County food policy council, and serving on the boards of organizations such as Earth Island Institute, The Community Alliance with Family Farmers, Food First, and the Elmwood Institute—the predecessor organization for the Center for Ecoliteracy. Claire was awarded a Food and Society Policy Fellowship in 2001. She advised The Columbia Foundation’s sustainable communities and food system programs for many years.

 

As a journalist, Claire was food and farming editor for KPFA-FM in Berkeley, Pacifica Network’s flagship public radio station, for six years, hosting a weekly radio broadcast that including Eater’s Digest and as a regular contributor to the popular drive-time Morning Show. She reported for other public radio networks and PBS television on KQED-tv. She has produced award winning radio broadcasts for National Radio Project. Her work is regularly published in print and on line publications. Claire has contributed to and been featured in books and films, including “The Future of Food” and “Ripe for Change”, nationally aired on PBS.

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