WHAT: Worldwide, farmers are reaping the economic, social, and environmental benefits of growing biotech crops. While the United States leads the world in biotech crop acreage, over 9.5 million farmers in developing countries are now growing biotech crops. Resource-poor farmers have repeatedly recounted the economic rewards they have reaped by growing biotech crops, the reduced health risks by decreasing pesticide applications, the environmental benefits and farm management solutions biotech crops have enabled, and the social advances enjoyed by farming biotech crops. This panel of farmer representatives from around the world will talk about farmer success stories from growing biotech crops.
WHO: Experts from around the world who can recount their firsthand experience with the benefits of growing biotech crops, especially in developing countries.
· Calestous Juma, Ph.D., Director, Science Technology and Innovation Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, will moderate this panel and provide an overview of the global benefits gained from biotech crops as well the findings of an expert panel on biotechnology set up by African presidents
· Clive James, Ph.D., chairman and founder, International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) will discuss global adoption of biotech crops
· Jocelyn Webster, executive director, AfricaBio will share stories of the benefits reaped from growing biotech varieties
· Alda Lerayer, executive director, CIB Brazil will discuss the benefits seen by farmers in Brazil when growing biotech crops
· Abe Manalo, executive secretary, Biotechnology Coalition of the Philippines will share success stories of Filipino farmers from growing biotech crops
WHEN: Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Room 152, Press Conference 2
2007 BIO International Convention
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC)
BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and 31 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.
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