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Atlantic Food Summit Panel Highlights Biotechnology

May 6, 2011

The Atlantic Food Summit sponsored by the Council for Biotechnology Information gathered experts on April 26, 2011 for a panel discussion about sustainable agriculture and ways to unite different perspectives on agricultural production for world food security. Nina Federoff, president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), stressed the importance of exhausting all available agricultural techniques in order to feed the world sustainably. She mentioned organic, conventional, and biotechnology techniques and explained possible policy reforms regarding biosafety regulations on GM crops. "My view is: let's use the most modern day methods and modern science to increase productivity," she concluded.

Molly Jahn, Professor at the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, also mentioned her support for an inclusive agricultural policy. "Every technology that maximizes input and minimizes the environmental burden is critical."

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