The Great Biotechnology Debate: Food and Farming in the Balance


Policy Forum

June 4, 2013 2:00PM


Hayek Auditorium

Featuring Jon Entine, Founding Director, Genetic Literacy Project; and Kevin M. Folta, Interim Chair, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida vs. Jeffrey Smith, Author, Producer, Genetic Roulette; and via Skype,Gilles-Eric Seralini, President, Committee for Research and Independent Information on Genetic Engineering; moderated by Kyle Gibson, Executive Producer, Women in the World Summit.

Despite increasing population, global food production per capita is at all-time highs, even as the amount of agricultural land is reaching new lows. The prime driver has been technology, beginning with the Green Revolution of the 1960s, when Norman Borlaug discovered the key to high-yielding wheat. Since then, “slow” genetics has been replaced by DNA-splicing, giving rise to fears of genetic “mistakes” damaging the world food supply or resulting in inadvertent harm to consumers. Jon Entine and Anastasia Bodnar embrace these innovations, promoting genetic literacy and post-modern agriculture, while Jeffrey Smith and Gilles-Eric Seralini are two of the most prominent opponents to what they believe is a Brave New World of agriculture.

Join us at Cato for the debate on the future of what we eat and how we feed ourselves. Our format includes an hour of formal debate, followed by a break and then questions selected from the audience.

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