Dr Tyrone Hayes Hawaii Speaking Tour Sponsored by Hawaii SEED/DaMomHui
Hawai’i SEED today announced the state-wide speaking tour of world-renowned University of California Berkeley Professor of Integrative Biology Dr. Tyrone Hayes. Dr. Hayes will be joined by local food advocates from each island community. Paul Towers from Pesticide Action Network will be speaking as well, presenting an overview of pesticide use nationally and internationally and the significant role that Hawaii plays as ground zero for open-air pesticide experimentation.
- May 15-Maui, Wailuku, Henry Perrine Baldwin High School Auditorium, 6:30pm
- May 16-Molokai, Kaunakakai, Molokai Community Health Center, 6:00pm
- May 17-Oahu, North Shore Location TBA 6:30pm
- May 18-Oahu, Honolulu, UH Manoa Art Auditorium, 7:00pm
- May 19-Hawaii, Hilo, UH Hilo Science & Technology Building, 6:00pm
- May 20-Hawaii, Kona, Island Naturals Health Food Store, 6:00pm
- May 21-Kauai, Lihue, Community College Performing Arts Center, 6:30pm
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...And then check out the article below for some really fun questions to ask Dr Hayes....
Did The New Yorker Botch Puff Piece On Frog Scientist Tyrone Hayes, Turning Rogue into Beleaguered Hero?
by John Entine, Genetic Literacy Project, Forbes, May 10, 2014 (excerpt)
Who Is Tyrone Hayes and what’s the real story behind the University of California researcher’s sensational claim that he and his family are targeted victims of Big Ag?
According to the amphibian scientist and as echoed in a recent 8,000 word mega-feature in the New Yorker by Rachel Aviv, Hayes is an addled but unfairly attacked whistler-blower, victim of a multi-year long campaign by the seed and chemical company Syngenta to discredit his research and personally destroy him. It’s diabolical if true. But the Hayes-New Yorker narrative does not square so easily with the public record.
The saga began in 2002, when Hayes published a blockbuster study claiming that the herbicide atrazine, hailed by scientists for decades because of its low toxic profile, caused sexual abnormalities in frogs. He speculated that it could harm humans. Hayes’ claims set off a firestorm, fanned by advocacy groups that view large agricultural companies as just this side of the devil. Millions of dollars has been poured into research to address his alleged findings. But a decade later, after numerous follow up studies by the Environmental Protection Agency and a score of scientists, industry and independent, evidence of endocrine related problems Hayes claimed to have identified in frogs and perhaps in humans are no where to be found.
Nonetheless, even as support for his research has dwindled among mainstream scientists and government oversight agencies around the world, Hayes has engaged in a relentless smear campaign against those who have challenged his one-off conclusions. The circus act wore thin, but was briefly revived last summer when it was announced that Hayes would be forced to wind down his atrazine related research at Berkeley. Hayes contended that he was in effect unfairly fired because of the ongoing conspiracy orchestrated by Syngenta, and that the compliant university was in cahoots. As I related in an article in Forbes last August, Hayes provided no evidence to back up his conspiracy claims and Berkeley officials fiercely denied Hayes’ characterization of what went down.
Almost completely discredited, the New Yorker piece breathed new life into his fading career. And this time he’s back with even more sensational charges. He’s claiming that Syngenta has hacked into his emails and has been tailing him. Explosively, he says one of Syngenta’s chief scientists has threatened to have him lynched and his family raped. Hayes presents zero evidence to back up these scary claims, which he is now shouting throughout cyberspace and on television. In fact, there is much on-the-record evidence that quite the opposite has transpired over the years: Hayes himself has issued repeated email and verbal threats, many of a sexual nature, against his critics, at Syngenta and elsewhere. Reams of his threatening emails have been reproduced online by Gawker in an article titled: “Dr. Tyrone Hayes: Biologist, Cock-Fixated Megalomaniac Email Addict” (the seriousness of these harassing emails was oddly downplayed in Aviv’s New Yorker piece).
After the latest attacks by Hayes, who has apparently been emboldened by the New Yorker piece, Syngenta responded last week, sending Hayes a cease and desist letter, demanding that he “stop spreading lies” and issue a public apology and retraction. What happens next is anyone’s guess.
What’s not in dispute are many of the basic facts of the saga. In a summary analysis posted last week on the website Academics Review–”Turning Science into a Circus”– Bruce Chassy, professor emeritus at the University of Illinois and former Head of the university’s Department of Food Sciences, challenged the world-according-to Hayes (and the New Yorker). Chassy dissects Aviv’s reporting on Hayes and the bizarre blizzard of emails he sent to those who he perceived as masterminds of the alleged conspiracy to suppress his work.
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