NAWG Director of Government Affairs for Research and Technology Jane DeMarchi attended the 2012 BIO International Convention. The event drew 16,505 industry leaders from 49 states and 65 countries.
The BIO convention is an opportunity to hear from a range of U.S. and international experts on cutting edge issues related to regulations, policy, consumer acceptance and the science of biotechnology and to engage in a dialogue about the future of biotech crops.
Among the food and agricultural sessions was a leadership summit titled, Harvesting the Commercial Potential of Emerging Agricultural and Industrial Biotechnologies with Dr. Catherine Woteki, U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics, as a keynote speaker.
Other conference sessions focused on addressing expiring patents, the contribution of transgenic crops to human health, co-existence between biotech and organic production practices, building consumer trust, and biotech crop development in less developed markets. Farmers participated in a number of panels explaining the impact of these policy issues on their farms.