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GMOs and the Precautionary Principle

Where are we now and where are we headed?

Seminar promoted by LUFPIG and Euroactiv.com 

European Parliament, 11 May 2010

The aim of this seminar was to raise a number of questions relating to this controversial issue.  The event brought  together firstly experts from the farmers organizations, the retailers and the feedstuffs industry. The second panel presented the viewpoint of environmentalists, the European Food Safety Authority and an independent expert from agribusiness.

 AGENDA

10h00  Introduction by the Chair Mairead McGuinness, MEP

Panel I                                                                                                                                                    

Views from the growers, the retailers and the feed industry.  Has the consumer view evolved? Can society make an informed choice on its food and feedstuffs?                                                                                                              

10h10  Moderator Paulo Casaca, former MEP and fellow German Marshall Fund                   

10h25  Debra Henke, Minister-Counselor Agricultural Affairs,U.S. Mission to the EU

10h25  Daniel Perez, ASAJA, International Affairs Manager

10h35  Hervé Gomichon, Carrefour, Group Quality Director

10h45  Alexander Döring, European Feed Manufacturers Federation (FEFAC) Secretary General

Questions and debate

 

Panel II - Views from the environmentalists, the regulators and the traders. What role does the precautionary principle still play?

 11h10  Moderator Paulo Casaca, former MEP and fellow German Marshall Fund

11h15  Marco Contiero, EU Policy Director, Genetic Engineering and Sustainable Agriculture Greenpeace European Unit

11h25  Per Bergman, European Food Safety Authority, Head of Unit GMO Unit

11h35  Sabine Nafzinger, independent commentator, agribusiness and food

 Questions and debate

 12h00 End of conference, sandwich lunch for speakers and MEPs

 

Seminar Presentations:

  Regulation of Agricultural Biotechnology in the United States

  GMO and the preacuationary principle: can society make an informed choice on its food and feedstuffs

  GMOs and the Precautionary Principle: Where are we now and where are we headed? 

        Daniel Pérez - ASAJA International Affairs Manager

  GMOs and the Precautionary Principle: Where are we now and where are we headed?  

        Marco Contiero - Greenpeace European Unit

  From precaution to prevention / GMO policy within Carrefour

 



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