Food fight: Students to debate GMOs
By John Robbins Post-Tribune correspondent March 14, 2014 9:40PM
Updated: April 18, 2014 6:12AM
The benefits and risks of using genetically modified foods will be debated at 7 p.m. Monday at the Porter County Administration Building, 155 Indiana Ave. in Valparaiso.
The Valparaiso Chain of Lakes Watershed Group is hosting the policy format debate featuring Valparaiso High School debaters Luma Khabbaz and Troy Borlick facing off against Chesterton High School’s Jessica Ratel-Khan and Hannah Vasquez.
The Valparaiso students will argue in favor of the use of GMOs while the Chesterton students will argue against their use. The debate is limited to one hour.
There will be a short Q&A session after the debate followed by a pizza party across the street at Greek’s Pizzeria, 59 Indiana Ave. Guests can mingle and talk with the debaters and debate coaches Chris Lowery of Chesterton and Chris Waters of Valparaiso.
The general focus of the debate series is on environmental policy issues. “We’re not trying to take a position as much as draw people in who are interested in the issues,” said Walt Breitinger, president of Valparaiso Chain of Lakes Watershed Group. Past topics have included fracking and invasive species.
A Watershed Group board meeting will take place before the debate, at 6:30 p.m.
The events are free and open to the public.
The Watershed Group was formed in 1993 to help protect the 11 lakes in the chain of lakes from pollution and sedimentation and to encourage conservation, education and recreation in and about the lakes.