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Wednesday, April 29

Symposium: Agricultural Biotechnology and Sustainability

PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION FOR APRIL 29TH: CARL A. FIELDS CENTER


Morning Program

Carl Fields Center

8:30–8:45 a.m. Welcome

Shanthu Shantharam, Visiting Research Scholar in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy; Visiting Lecturer in Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Lee Silver, Professor of Molecular Biology and Public Affairs, Princeton University

8:45-9:30 a.m. Keynote Address

“Crop Biotechnology for Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Protection”

Maarten Chrispeels, Professor of Biology, University of California-San Diego; Director of the San Diego Center for Molecular Agriculture

Chair: Shanthu Shantharam, Visiting Research Scholar in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy; Visiting Lecturer in Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

9:30-9:45 a.m. Coffee Break

9:45-11:15 a.m. Plenary Session I

“Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security: What Role Can Biotechnology Play?”

Chair: Tim Searchinger, Associate Research Scholar, Princeton Environmental Institute, Woodrow Wilson School, and the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy; Lecturer in Public and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School and the Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University

9:45-10:15 a.m.  The Economic and Health Impacts of GM Crops in South Africa, India, and China

Carl Pray, Professor of Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics, Rutgers University

10:15-11:35 a.m.  The Failed Promise of Agricultural Biotechnology

        Bill Freese, Center for Food Safety, Washington, DC

11:35 a.m.-12:00 p.m. GM Crops are Inherently Synergistic to Sustainable Agriculture

Autar Mattoo, Sustainable Agriculture Systems Laboratory, USDA, ARS

12:00-12:25 p.m. Ethical Challenges to the Adoption of Technologies

David Castle, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Ottawa

12:30-1:00 p.m.  Panel Discussion I

Moderator: Sophie Meunier, Research Scholar and Lecturer in Public and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

Panelists:
Bill Freese, Center for Food Safety, Washington, DC
Autar Mattoo, Sustainable Agriculture Systems Laboratory, USDA, ARS
Prabhu Pingali, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Carl Pray, Professor of Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics, Rutgers University Howard Shapiro, Director of Plant Science and External Research, Mars Incorporated

1:00-2:00 p.m. Lunch

"Control of Human Biosphere: Past, Present and Future"

Lee Silver, Professor of Molecular Biology and Public Affairs, Princeton University


Afternoon Program

Carl Fields Center

2:00-4:00 p.m. Plenary Session II

"How to Regulate Biotechnology to Maximize Benefits and Minimize Risks?"

Chair: Shanthu Shantharam, Visiting Research Scholar in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy; Visiting Lecturer in Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

2:00-2:20 p.m. Potential of Biotech Crops in Sustainable, Small-Scale Agriculture: A Social Science Perspective, Melinda Smale, Oxfam America

2:20-2:40 p.m. The Need for Responsible Governance in the Implementation of Agricultural Biotechnologies, Suman Sahai, Gene Campaign, India

2:40-3:00 p.m. The Scientific Basis for Agbiotech Regulation, Wayne Parrott, University of Athens, Georgia

3:00-3:30 p.m. How Much Regulatory Oversight Is Really Appropriate for Agriculture Biotechnology?, Henry Miller, Research Fellow, Hoover Institute, Stanford University

3:30-4:00 p.m. Panel Discussion II

Moderator: Lee Silver, Professor of Molevular Biology and Public Affairs, Princeton University

Panel Discussion:
Sharon Bomer, Vice President for Food and Agriculture, Biotechnology Industry Organization
Henry Miller, Research Fellow, Hoover Institute, Stanford University
Wayne Parrott, University of Athens, Georgia
Suman Sahai, Gene Campaign, India
Melinda Smale, Oxfam America

4:00-4:15 p.m. Coffee Break

4:15-5:20 p.m. Plenary Session III

"Can Biotechnology Aid Agriculture to Cope with Effects of Climate Change?"

Chair: Xenia Morin, Lecturer in Princeton Writing Program and the Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University

4:15-4:35 p.m. African Green Revolution Moves Forward, Pedro Sanchez, Columbia University

4:35-5:00 p.m. Developing Drought Resistant Crops: Possibilities and Realities, Eric Sachs, Monsanto Company

5:00-5:20 p.m. Biofortification of Staple Cropsto Improve Public Health, Howarth Bouis, IFPRI, Washington, DC

5:20-6:00 p.m. Panel Discussion III

Moderator: Shanthu Shantharam, Visiting Research Scholar in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy; Visiting Lecturer in Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Panelists:
Rattan Lal, Professor of Natural Sciences, Ohio State University
Pedro Sanchez, Director, Tropical Agriculture and the Rural Environment Program, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
Eric Sachs, Global Lead, Scientific Affairs, Monsanto
Tim Searchinger, Associate Research Scholar, Princeton Environmental Institute, Woodrow Wilson School, and the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy; Lecturer in Public and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School and the Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University

6:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

Shanthu Shantharam, Visiting Research Scholar in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy; Visiting Lecturer in Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Lee Silver, Professor of Molecular Biology and Public Affairs, Princeton University