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Science Café: Plastics and the environment

Introduction by Dr Trisia Farrelly, Massey University

RSNZ Manawatu Branch 2016 AGM and November 2016 meeting

7.30 pm Tuesday, 15 November, Palmerston North Public Library, George Street, Palmerston North

There will be one tonne of plastic in the ocean for every three tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastic than fish [by weight].

The average life span of a checkout plastic bag is 12 minutes. Yeah!

We can easily see how a turtle searching for jellyfish can be fooled by a plastic bag and choke on it. But what happens as this macro plastic disintegrates into smaller micro pieces? Are there other insidious effects on the environment that continue for long periods?

More than thirty countries and 170 states (including half of those in Australia) have either banned or placed a levy on single-use plastic bags. But not New Zealand.

Dr Trisia Farrelly, Senior Lecturer in the School of People, Environment and Planning at Massey University, will provide the introductory illumination to this Science Café style meeting. Dr Farrelly is a social anthropologist who has researched the socio-cultural factors of waste minimisation and waste management in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. She is co-founder of the New Zealand Product Stewardship Council and Palmerston North’s Carrying our Future’s initiative.

Come along and hear Dr Farrelly, enjoy a cup of coffee and a discussion that could change the way you think about the waste you produce.

All warmly welcome

The talk will be proceeded by the RSNZ Manawatu Branch 2016 AGM, starting at 6.30pm with light finger food.

Science Café: Probiotics and health: Science Fact or Science Fiction?

Introduction by Professor Roger Lentle, Massey University

 RSNZ Manawatu Branch March 2015 meeting

7.30 pm Tuesday, 17 March, Te Manawa – Art Gallery, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North

This month’s meeting will take the form of a Science Café discussion session. Roger Lentle, Professor of Digestive Biomechanics at Massey University and Associate Investigator at the Riddet Institute will provide the introductory illumination on probiotics and the extent that the science evidence supports claimed health benefits. Prof Lentle has a background in gastro-intestinal physiology and in medicine.

Some 100 trillion micro-organisms inhabit our gut, a micro-biome of competing alliances and battles between themselves and with our inner selves. Modern living styles have been blamed for degrading this ecosystem and probiotics, including bacteria in yoghurt and fermented foods such as Kimchi, have been heralded as ways to restore it. The probiotic market is estimated to have a current value in excess of $40 billion.

Come along and hear Prof Lentle, enjoy a cup of coffee and a discussion that could shape decisions you make about the health of your body and your wallet!

All warmly welcome