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
  • 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

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