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Second Decade of Crop Biotechnology (08-07)

A Farm Foundation Conference
January 16-17, 2008
Westin City Center, Washington, D.C.

How the experiences of the first decade of crop biotechnology will shape the future of food systems, environmental issues and public policies was the subject of a Farm Foundation conference Jan. 16-17, 2008, at the Westin City Center, Washington, D.C. 

Presentations from the conference are posted.

The conference brought together representatives of production agriculture, the crop input industry, environmentalist, consumer groups, government agencies and academia to examine public policy, business and social issues generated by the evolution of crop biotechnology in the food system. Conference sessions addressed biotechnology in the food system in the areas of crop production, food safety, private and public investments, biodiversity and the environmental, biofuels and global food issues. 

Participants examined how the experiences of biotechnology in the food system to date will influence business strategies, public policies, and environmental and social issues in the next decade.  Areas where future research is needed were also identified.

Conference sponsors included:
Jeanne M. Sullivan
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Biotechnology Regulatory Services
USDA Economic Research Service
USDA Agricultural Research Service
Monsanto Company
BASF Plant Science
J.R. Simplot Company Agribusiness Group
Athenix Corporation
Bayer CropScience AG
BioTech Decisions Inc.






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