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Food Evolution Writer/Producer Trace Sheehan to Keynote Food & Ag Program at #BIO2018

May 15, 2018
Trace Sheehan, writer and producer of the highly-acclaimed documentary film Food Evolution, will be a keynote speaker at BIO’s International Convention in Boston, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) announced today.

Since its premier in November 2016, Food Evolution has contributed to a robust discussion about science, facts, and food. The film focuses on the GMO debate because the filmmakers found it to be emblematic of the public misunderstanding about the science of food and food sustainability. In his keynote on Tuesday, June 5, Sheehan will share his experience in making the film and explain how the process influenced his own opinions along the way.

Other food and ag-related programming to note:

On Monday, June 4, BIO will host “One Health Day,” a half-day of speakers and panel discussions focusing on how the One Health concept – the interconnectivity of human, animal and environmental health – can help address today’s greatest challenges. The program starts with a keynote presentation and panel introducing the One Health concept before diving right into an exploration of the business case for One Health with a panel of senior leaders from the private sector. The program also looks to global perspectives on One Health policy development and insights into U.S. government funding and research decisions.

On Tuesday, June 5, a second half-day of programming is dedicated to food and agricultural innovation in our “Food, Health, and Environmental Future Day.” This program, featuring Keynoter Trace Sheehan, will include this series of panel discussions:

  • A Two-Part Food Innovation Dialogue: Cutting-Edge Food, Health, & Environmental Products and Tools…Coming to a Grocery Store Near You(?)
    Part 1 looks at the landscape of innovation now and on the horizon, including applications of genome editing in animals and plants, microbes for soil health, and more…
    Part 2 brings the food value chain together in a conversation about consumer preferences and trends around sustainability and transparency, and how the innovations discussed in Part 1 will fit in today’s (and tomorrow’s) marketplace.

  • Biotech in Our Backyard: New England’s Booming Food and AgTech Innovation Ecosystem

  • AgTech Investment: Opportunities for Plants, Animals, Microbes, and Beyond…

On Wednesday, June 6 and Thursday, June 7, BIO’s 2018 International Convention also features a track dedicated to Genome Editing, including programming about Engaging Our Nation and Our World in the Era of Gene Editing and genome editing as The Next Frontier in Agriculture.

Held in conjunction with BIO, CRISPRCon: Conversations on Science, Society and the Future of Gene Editing will take place on June 4-5 at the Boston Seaport Hotel & World Trade center (Separate registration is required).

The BIO International Convention, the world’s premier life sciences event, will take place at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, June 4-7.  Hosted by BIO, the 2018 event is expected to attract more than 16,000 attendees and 1,800 exhibitors from 74 countries.

Advance media registration is now available for qualified reporters working full time for print, broadcast and web publications with valid press credentials.