Biotech Updates

Journalist Roundtable on Bt Brinjal in Bangladesh

July 9, 2014

USAID Bangladesh organized a special Journalist Roundtable about Bt brinjal in Bangladesh on July 8, 2014 at Dhaka following up on an earlier event on food safety. The theme of the discussion was Bt Brinjal: The Myths and Realities.

Mark Lynas, a renowned UK-based writer on environmental issues and consultant for Cornell University (USA), talked about the potential benefits of Bt brinjal for the environment, food security and nutrition. Dr. Frank Shotkoski, director of the Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project (ABSPII), explained some of the myths and scientific truths surrounding genetically engineered crops.

Following the presentations, journalists had the opportunity to interact with a panel of experts, which included the following: Government of Bangladesh: Mr. Anwar Faruque, Additional Secretary and Director General, Seed Wing, Ministry of Agriculture; Dr. Md. Rafiqul Islam Mondal, Director General, Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute; Dr. Dil Afroza Khanom, CSO and Head, Biotechnology Division, BARI; Genetic Engineering Experts: Prof. Dr. Zeba Islam Seraj, Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Dhaka University; Prof. Dr. K.M. Nasiruddin, Dept. of Biotechnology, Bangladesh Agricultural University & National Coordinator of ISAAA; From Civil Society and Private Sector: Professor Dr M.A. Sattar Mondal, Former Vice Chancellor BAU and FAO Consultant.

For details about this roundtable, email Dr. Khondoker Nasiruddin at