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Pew hosts biotech policy discussion

(Oct. 12, 2001 CropChoice news) The Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology will host a policy debate on October 24 at 9:30 a.m. in the Murrow Room of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

David Gergen, author and counsel to four presidents, will moderate the discussion, "Are the US and Europe Heading for a Food Fight Over Genetically Modified Food?"

Panelists include:

  • David Hegwood, Trade Advisor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Julia A. Moore, a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, who has written and spoken extensively about consumer attitudes in the US and in Europe toward biotechnology
  • Tony Van der haegen, Minister/Counselor for Agriculture, Fisheries and Consumer Affairs, the European Commission Delegation
  • Fred Yoder, president-elect of the National Corn Growers Association, will discuss the effect of the EU proposal on U.S. farmers.

Members of the media can submit questions before and during the event. To watch or submit questions go to www.PewAgBiotech.org or www.ConnectLive.com/PewAgBiotech . To register, please contact DJ Nordquist at 202-347-9132 or via email at djnordquist@pewagbiotech.