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Countdown to Convention

May 7, 2009
Hosted by BIO, the global event for biotechnology will take place May 18-21, 2009, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga., and is expected to draw close to 20,000 industry leaders from around the world. 

The convention program features more than 150 sessions in 21 breakout session tracks highlighting the latest information and the newest opportunities for executives, investors, scientists, policy leaders, and media from around the world. More than 1,000 speakers will share breakthroughs in medicine, diagnostics, the environment, energy production, food and agriculture and more.  Check out the BIO International Convention website for more information.

For attendees interested in food and agriculture biotechnology, we’ll have variety of forums where farmers and industry experts will be telling how ag biotech is helping farmers, the environment and the global economy.

Biotech crop commercialization has resulted in significant global economic and environmental benefits and is making important contributions to global food security. 
“Since 1996, biotech crop adoption has contributed to reducing the release of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, decreased pesticide spraying and significantly boosted farmers’ incomes,” says Graham Brookes, director of PG Economics, Ltd. and co-author of an annual report outlining the global impact of biotech crops. 

At the BIO International Convention, Brookes will outline some of the key findings from the 2009 report at a press conference on Wednesday, May 20 at 10:00am.  Helping Brookes tell this story will be a panel of growers from the Philippines, Portugal and North Dakota. 
“Genetically modified food is no longer the fruit of a cutting-edge technology. Instead, it's a proven form of agriculture,” says Maria Gabriela Cruz, a Portuguese grower of biotech maize.

Cruz, along with Rosalie Ellasus and Terry Wanzek are farmers and panelists at the session, Ag Biotech - Improving Farmers Lives on Wednesday, May 20, 8:00am - 9:30am.