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Apr 25, 2011

BIGMAP - Studying Co-existence, Choice, and Sustainability

On 25 April 2011 Brownfield Agricultural News for America reported on the recent "Studying Co-Existence, Choice and Sustainability" conference sponsored by the Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products (BIGMAP) at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

The conference's goal was to discuss and examine how different agricultural technologies are addressing and meeting the growing global demand for food, feed, fiber, and fuel production.

BIGMAP is an independent, science-based institute established in 2004 to help provide guidance to the public and policy makers on gene-engineered (GE) crops and roducts. It develops tools and methodologies to analyze the risks and benefits of GE crops and provides strategies for mitigating the risks to safeguard consumers and the environment.

The 2011 conference on "Studying Co-Existence, Choice and Sustainability" included the following speakers:

  • Peter Jahr, Member of the European Parliament
  • Getachew Belay, Senior Biotechnology Policy Advisor, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) 
  • Maria Alejandra Sarquis, IICA Agricultural Representative for Chile and Executive Secretariat of CAS 
  • Lois Wright Morton, Professor of Sociology, ISU 
  • Chet Boruff, CEO, AOSCA 
  • Jim Bair, VIce President, North American Millers' Association 
  • Lowell Rheinheimer, Farm Resources Manager,Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative 
  • Lynn Clarkson, President, Clarkson Grain Company 
  • Rikin Gandhi, Executive Officer, Digital Green, India 
  • Dennis Garrity, Director General, World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) 
  • Rick Hellmich, Research Entomologist, USDA/ARS 
  • Marty Matlock, Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, U. of Arkansas 
  • Dick Thompson, Boone County, Iowa, Producer 
  • Kathleen Delate, Professor of Agronomy & Horticulture, ISU
For more see:

"BIGMAP Symposium Examines Agricultural Co-existence, Choice, and Sustainability," Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products, Iowa State University, April 2011.

Anderson, Ken. "Can organics and biotechnology co-exist?" Brownfield Agricultural News for America, 25 April 2011.

Anderson, Ken. "Interview with BIGMAP conference speaker Lowell Rheinheimer, Farm Resources Manager,Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative," Brownfield Agricultural News for America, 25 April 2011.

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