Dr. Michael McNeill, of Algona, Iowa, will deliver a lecture at the UM Presque Isle Campus Center on Friday, July 13, 2012, from 5:30-8:00 pm. Dr McNeill’s lecture is entitled “Genetically Modified – In the News and On Your Plate.”
Through the presentation of extensive peer-reviewed scientific research, explained in a manner understandable to farmers, consumers and lay persons, Dr. McNeill will present a strong cautionary examination of the agronomic and food security problems associated with an overuse of glyphosate; the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.
Dr. McNeill is President of Ag Advisory LTD, an Iowa company that provides agronomic consulting services to farmers. He holds a PhD in Plant Breeding and Statistical Genetics from Iowa State University. His company advises on individual farm plans – organic and conventional – with an emphasis on healthy biological soil management. Dr. McNeill serves as an expert legal witness on livestock and plant diseases. His farm provides contract research capability for agricultural businesses and government on soil fertility, soil tillage, plant disease and insect control. His career includes a position as Research Biologist with the U.S. Army where he studied soybean and corn diseases.
In 2011, Dr. McNeill was one of a select group of scientists, including plant pathologist and retired U.S. Army Colonel and germ warfare expert, Dr. Donald Huber, from Purdue University, who traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with U.S. Department of Agriculture officials. There, the scientists expressed grave concern and urged caution based on observations from ongoing research which shows serious negative consequences from the overuse of the herbicide Roundup, which is extensively used in Monsanto’s Roundup Ready GMO crops such as corn and soybeans.