Genetically Modified Food and Trade

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WCEE’s Lunch & Learn Series presents

Genetically Modified Foods and Trade

Globally 18 million farmers in 28 countries grow biotech crops; about 180 million hectares is grown annually. The vast majority of corn, soybeans and cotton grown in the U.S. is genetically engineered.

Even amidst public debate, developers continue to produce new genetically engineered varieties. In fact, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recently released a report predicting a dramatic increase in the scale, complexity and tempo of future biotechnology products developed with new techniques such as genome editing, gene drives, and synthetic biology. They also suggest that the U.S. regulatory system is not equipped to handle the greater quantity and range of biotechnology products.

This presentation will offer a general overview of how genetically engineered organisms are regulated by the U.S. government. It will also touch on the impact of regulation on innovation and trade of agricultural products internationally.
Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

Venue: Exponent, 1150 Connecticut Ave. NW #1100, Washington, DC 20036

Closest Metro: Farragut West/Farragut North

Cost: $0 (WCEE members); $15 (non-WCEE members)

This is a Lunch & Learn (i.e. brown-bag) event; beverages and dessert will be provided but please bring your own lunch.
Our Speaker

Melinda Belisle, Ph.D., has a background in biotechnology and ecology and recently spent time as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow at the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service where she conducted ecological risk assessments of genetically engineered plants. She currently works as a Science Advisor to the New Technologies and Production Methods Division of the USDA where she focuses on trade and market access of agricultural products produced with modern biotechnology. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Biotechnology from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Stanford University, and was recently featured in Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Journal:

WCEE is grateful to

Exponent Inc

for its generous support!


Exponent Inc
1150 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 1100
Washington DC 20036

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