How do EU policies on biotech crops impact trade and development?


High-level panel discussion

How do EU policies on biotech crops impact trade and development?

Thursday, 7 March, 2013 (9:30 – 14:00)

Panoramic Hall, The Square, Rue Ravensteinstraat 2, B-1000 Brussels


You are invited to join a high-level group of stakeholders from the development, trade, diplomatic and science communities to share insights on the global impacts of EU’s policies on biotech crops.

Distinguished speakers from various parts of the world will give their perspectives on our two panels: “Global food security and the role of biotech crops”and “The impact of EU policies on global trade in agricultural commodities”.

Speakers confirmed so far include:

o   HE David Plunkett, Canadian Ambassador to the EU (tbc)

o   Jack Bobo, Senior Advisor for Biotechnology, U.S. Department of State

o   Official from the European Commission, DG SANCO (tbc)

o   Sir Brian Heap, President of the European Academies Science Advisory Council

o   Diran Makinde, Director of AU-NEPAD Agency - African Biosafety Network of Expertise

o   Chavali Kameswara Rao, Foundation for Biotechnology Awareness and Education (India)

o   Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes, MSMC Endowed Professor, University of Missouri

o   Teresa Babuscio, Secretary General, Coceral (European grains and agro-supply traders)

o   Nathalie Moll, Secretary General, EuropaBio

In January 2013, ministers from 80 countries agreed on the need to sustainably intensify farming. To feed a growing population within the limits of our planet, a variety of innovations and farming methods, including agroecology and genetic discoveries, will have to be used. Genetically-modified (GM) crop varieties have become the standard for some of the most traded agricultural commodities, such as soy and cotton. The EU is highly dependent on imports from the Americas where biotech crops boost productivity. EU policies and buying power also affect cultivation choices in the developing world, where productive farming appears to be the path to progress. Factual information about the status and future of GM crops will be provided, as well as new data regarding the EU’s regulatory barriers.

To confirm your registration, please reply to by Friday 1 March. A full agenda for the event (which includes a coffee break and networking lunch) and speakers list will then be circulated to you nearer to the event.

With best regards and warmest consideration,


Carel du Marchie Sarvaas                                                           



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