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The Science and Regulation from Genetically Engineer Animals

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From: Melissa Sly [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2011 3:36 PM
To: 'Melissa Sly'
Subject: CAST Presentations - "The Science and Regulation of Food from Genetically Engineered Animals"

CAST will be releasing its newest publication, The Science and Regulation of Food from Genetically Engineered Animals, on Monday, June 20, 2011 at three venues in Washington, D.C. All venues are open to the public, and details are below. Please forward this communication to your D.C. colleagues and contact lists to help CAST broaden the reach of this important information .

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to [email protected] or call the CAST office, (515) 292-2125, by June 16, 2011. In your message, please indicate which location you will attend. If you cannot attend any of the presentations on June 20th, go to the CAST website to download the paper free of charge. www.cast-science.org

Melissa Sly
Membership and Marketing Director
Council for Agricultural Science and Technology
4420 West Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50014
Phone: (515) 292-2125 ext 32 Fax: (515) 292-4512
EMail: [email protected] Website: http://www.cast-science.org

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)
Cordially Invites You to Attend a Presentation on

Guess What’s Coming to Dinner
“The Science and Regulation of Food from Genetically Engineered Animals”

Dr. John M. Bonner, Executive Vice President/CEO, CAST
Dr. Eric Hallerman, Professor and Head, Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation,
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg

CAST Commentary QTA2011-2, The Science and Regulation of Food from Genetically Engineered Animals. Genetically engineered animals have been produced since the late 1970s, but most have not moved from the laboratory to commercialization. The controversial issue of regulatory oversight is partly responsible—although premarket review is “rigorous and mandatory,” the process itself has not been sufficiently transparent to ease public concerns. Criticisms of the current approval procedure center on ethical issues such as animal welfare considerations, the source of the data necessary for regulatory review, and evaluation of environmental impacts. This CAST Commentary presents a case study of the AquAdvantage salmon application, a 15-year process that has yet to be resolved. Commercial investment in the development of genetically engineered animals has thus been essentially halted, which has consequences regarding both U.S. agriculture and the location of future genetic engineering research.

Monday, June 20, 2011 ~ Washington, D.C.

Presenters: Dr. Eric Hallerman, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
Dr. John Bonner, CAST, Ames, Iowa


1. U.S. Department of Agriculture
“Diverse Voices in Agriculture” Series

TIME: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Room 1160 South Building
Access the South Building at the Wing 1 entrance on Independence Avenue SW. Nonfederal
persons may attend the meeting by going to the “C Street” side of the South Agriculture Building (or
the side away from Independence Avenue SW) and entering at Wing 2 (a public entrance).
Washington, D.C.
CONTACT: Richard Reynnells, Ph: 202-401-5352
CONFERENCE CALL: Call-in number is 877-695-9018; Access code is 767 9700

2. National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research (NC-FAR)
“Lunch ‘n Learn” Seminar

TIME: 12 noon – 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION: 1302 Longworth Building
Washington, D.C.
CONTACT: Tom Van Arsdall, Ph: 703-509-4746

3. International Food Information Council (IFIC)

TIME: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
LOCATION: 1100 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 430
Washington, D.C. 20036
CONTACT: David B. Schmidt, Ph: 202-296-6540

All presentations are free and open to the public.
Please RSVP to CAST by June 16 (numbers below)

CAST Office: 515-292-2125
John Bonner, EVP/CEO (cell): 515-231-4511

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