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Jan 20, 2011
Learn more at the Food Justice, Security and Sustainability Conference in Eugene, Oregon.
Sunday, February 20 4:00-5:30pm
University of Oregon, Knight Law Center, Room 175
Keynote Panel: Sustainable Agriculture & Emerging Research in Plant Genetics
•Charles Benbrook, Chief Scientist, Organic Center
•Ignacio Chapela, Associate Professor, Environmental Science, Policy & Mgt., UC Berkeley
•Stephen S. Jones, Professor and Director of Research & Extension Center, Crop & Soil Sciences, Washington State University "Kicking the commodity habit: The re-decentralization of grain growing"
•David Cleveland, Professor of Environmental Studies, UC Santa Barbara"Transgenic crop varieties for small-scale farmers"
Dr. Charles Benbrook, The Organic Center
"True Progress and False Promises -- Separating the Wheat from the Biotech Chaff"
Abstract: The debate over the appropriate role of biotechnology and genetic engineering in promoting global food security is heated and of vital importance for anyone who cares about the health of all people, slowing climate change, and undermining terrorism. Decisions are being made at multiple levels regarding where and how to invest limited resources in new agricultural infrastructure. In all likelihood, history will not look kindly upon the post-1990s priorities of global seed and agricultural biotechnology companies. This presentation will explain why, and review and critique the food security claims made by proponents of western-style GE-crop technology. Benbrook will also assess applications of biotechnology that are already, and can in the future, advance agroecological farming systems.
For more information visit: http://waynemorsecenter.uoregon.edu/foodjustice/