The Food Dialogues: New York

First off, I’m steamed I didn’t know about this. It happened where I live. I would have loved to attended this conference.  It was a conference the Food Dialogues: New York .  The video below is the GMO panel and it is a very interesting discussion.  The info on the panelists is listed below the link. I thought about emedding it, but then I thought a link would be more useful so you can watch the other other panels.

What I liked about it was that it was a panel discussing the issue intelligently and they took questions from the audience.  There were some good questions and then… then…some anti-GMO doofus comes up to ask a question. He more came up to make a political statement.  He asked a question about Bt.  One of the panelists biotech guy, Bob Goldberg answered it and the stuttering dumbass repsonded, “You got the spin, man.”

And there is the bottom line with this issue.  Many people say if you explain the tech of transgenics, it will lessen the fear people have about the technology. But you have these nimrods who when it is explained to them, still don’t believe it. And there is a ton of them.

Biotechnology (GMOs) and Your Food

These are the participants, and this was taken directly from the site

  • Dr. Bob Goldberg, plant molecular biologist currently using genomics to identify all of the genes required to “make a seed”, UCLA view bio
    Dr. Bob GoldbergBob Goldberg is a plant molecular biologist who is currently using genomics to identify all of the genes required to “make a seed.” Professor Goldberg received a B.S. in Botany from Ohio University, a Ph.D. degree in Plant Genetics from the University of Arizona, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology. He joined the UCLA Faculty in 1976 and is currently a Distinguished Professor of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology.Professor Goldberg served as Director of the Plant Genetics Program at the USDA and was the Founding Editor of The Plant Cell, the leading journal in the area of plant biology. Professor Goldberg is also a Co-Founder of Ceres. Inc., a Thousand-Oaks-based Energy Crop Company and was Director of The Seed Institute, an intercampus “institute without walls” within the University of California dedicated to unraveling the processes that control seed development. Professor Goldberg has received many awards recognizing his contributions to the field of plant molecular biology, including election to the US National Academy of Sciences. Bob Goldberg is highly committed to undergraduate education and has received many awards for his novel teaching approaches, including the UCLA Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, the UCLA Gold Shield Prize for Excellence in Research and Undergraduate Education, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) University Professorship, and was listed as one of the ‘Top 15 Professors’ in UCLA’s history. Recently, Professor Goldberg’s class on Genetic Engineering was named as one of the top 10 “hottest classes” in America
  • Jerry Slocum, Mississippi soybean farmer View Bio
    Jerry Slocum, Mississippi soybean farmerJerry Slocum is currently president of North Mississippi Grain Company – a family-owned country grain elevator business. He also owns and operates a corn, soybean and wheat farming operation in Tate County, Mississippi.Currently, Jerry serves on USDA’s Secretary Tom Vilsack’s Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture. Prior to this, he served on the committee for both former USDA Secretary Dan Glickman and Secretary Ann Veneman.Jerry has been a member of the United States Soybean Federation Board of Directors since its inception in 2009 and is currently serving as president of the Federation. He also serves as Chairman of the Midsouth Soybean Board and Chairman of the Delta Council’s Soybean and Wheat Committee. Other associations Jerry has been a long-time member of include the Mississippi Soybean Association Board of Directors, Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board, Mississippi Feed and Grain Board of Directors and Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation.From 1991 through 2002 he served on the United Soybean Board. While on the board, Jerry held various leadership positions including Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the International Marketing Committee, Chairman of the Biotechnology Task Force and was a member of the Better Bean Initiative. Jerry has traveled internationally 13 times to present the American farmer’s position on biotech crops to foreign governments, regulators, importers, and farm organizations.

  • Dr. Julie Howard, Chief Scientist, Food Security, USAID View Bio

    Julie A. Howard: Chief Scientist, USAID Bureau for Food<br /><br /><br />
Security; Senior Advisor to the Administrator on Agricultural Research,<br /><br /><br />
Extension, and Education

    Dr. Julie A. Howard is the Chief Scientist in the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Food Security, which leads the implementation of Feed the Future, the U.S. global hunger and food security initiative. She also serves as Senior Advisor to the USAID Administrator on Agricultural Research, Extension and Education. In this role, she oversees the implementation of the Feed the Future research strategy and leads related new programs to advance innovation in global food security efforts, working with both global and national partners.

    Dr. Howard previously served as Deputy Coordinator for Development for Feed the Future, where she led a core team in elevating interagency engagement in Feed the Future strategic planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. Before joining USAID in 2011, Dr. Howard served as the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, an independent nonprofit coalition dedicated to increasing the level and effectiveness of U.S. assistance and private investment through research, dialogue and advocacy. She is also the co-author, with Emmy Simmons, of “Improving the Effectiveness of U.S. Assistance in Transforming the Food Security Outlook in Sub-Saharan Africa” in Jennifer Clapp and Marc Cohen, (eds.), The Global Food Crisis: Governance Challenges and Opportunities (2009).

    Dr. Howard served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic, and has written on agricultural technology development and transfer, the development of seed and fertilizer systems, and the role of farmer associations in agricultural development in Zambia, Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Somalia. She holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Michigan State University, and master’s and undergraduate degrees from the University of California, Davis, and The George Washington University.

  • Gregory Jaffe, Director of Biotechnology, CSPI View Bio
    Gregory Jaffe, Director of Biotechnology, CSPIGregory Jaffe is the Director of the Project on Biotechnology for the Center for Science in the Public Interest (“CSPI”), a non-profit consumer organization located in the United States. Mr. Jaffe came to CSPI after a long and distinguished career in government service as a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division and as Senior Counsel with the U.S. EPA, Air Enforcement Division. He is a recognized international expert on agricultural biotechnology and biosafety and has published numerous articles and reports on those topics. He was worked on biosafety regulatory issues in the United States and throughout the world, including the countries of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mali, Ghana, Malawi, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Indonesia, and Nigeria. He was a member of the Secretary of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture from 2003-2008 and was reappointed for a new term in 2011. He was also a member of FDA’s Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee from 2004-2008. Gregory Jaffe earned his BA with High Honors from Wesleyan University in Biology and Government and then received a law degree from Harvard Law School.
  • Fred Kirschenmann, president of the board of directors, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and distinguished fellow, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University View Bio
    Fred Kirschenmann, president of the board of directors,<br /><br /><br />
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and distinguished fellow,<br /><br /><br />
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University
    A longtime national and international leader in sustainable agriculture, he shares an appointment as Distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center and as President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. He also continues to manage his family’s 2,600-acre certified organic farm in south central North Dakota.He is a professor in the ISU Department of Religion and Philosophy and holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Chicago. He has held numerous appointments, including the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board and the National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production operated by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and funded by Pew Charitable Trusts.In April 2010, the University Press of Kentucky published a book of Kirschenmann’s essays, Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher, that trace the evolution of his ecological and farming philosophy over the past 30 years.He converted his family’s farm in North Dakota to a certified organic operation in 1976. He developed a diverse crop rotation that has enabled him to farm productively without synthetic inputs (fertilizers or pesticides) while simultaneously improving the health of the soil.

    Kirschenmann’s farm has been featured in numerous publications including National GeographicBusiness WeekAudubon, the LA Times and Gourmet magazine. In 1995 it was profiled in an award-winning video, My Father’s Garden by Miranda Smith Productions, and is still widely used as a teaching tool. Kirschenmann also has been advisor for several documentaries including American Meat and Symphony of the Soil.

    Kirschenmann served as the Leopold Center’s second director from July 2000 to November 2005 and has been recognized widely for his work. He was one of the first 10 recipients of the James F. Beard Foundation Leadership awards in 2011 and will receive the 2012 Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award from Practical Farmers of Iowa.

  • Cheryl Rogowski, New York organic farmer

2 thoughts on “The Food Dialogues: New York

  1. Thanks a mint for posting this. I’m watching it now with the intention of possibly using it in my class about food (I teach a freshman seminar in food issues from a lay person’s perspective).

    What do you think of the comment by the organic farmer: “A friend of mine who is an orchardist has seen the size of his trees diminish from applying Roundup to them???

    WTF? Does she mean she sprays Roundup around the trees to keep the weeds down, and if so, how does that make a tree “diminish in size”? It reverses its growth? He sprays Rounds ON THE TREES???

    • I actually felt kind of bad for that organic woman. She was clearly in over her head. She seemed nice enough. The moderator kind of bailed her out a few times. I wish they could have had someone more unlikeable as a representative from the organic industry. 😉

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