Caitlin Shetterly will discuss her new book, “Modified: GMOs and the Threat to Our Food, Our Land, Our Future,” in Rockland on Tuesday, March 21, speaking and signing copies at Good Tern Natural Foods Coop, 750 Main Street, starting at 4:30 p.m., and at Rockland Public Library starting at 6 p.m.

Shetterly grew up in Maine. After graduating from Brown University and spending time in New York City and Los Angeles, she returned to Maine to live.

Her interest in GMOs was heightened following an extended illness and an eventual diagnosis that she may have a sensitivity to genetically modified corn. Her research for the book on GMOs and their accompanying pesticides and herbicides took her from Nebraska to Europe. 

Shetterly says, “My takeaway is that science is important to respect, and that it’s also complicated. Unfortunately there are a lot of people who don’t want to listen to science, and then there are also those who trot out ‘The Science’ in order to dupe people. Science is about asking questions, and sometimes those questions or answers will not behoove corporations. They will attack that science and say it’s not ‘Real Science’… people or scientists or researchers who have questions about GMOs … are told they are anti-science.”

Shetterly is also the author of “Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home” and “Fault Lines: Stories of Divorce.”