(Posted Thu. Jul 25th, 2013)
July 25: This week National Corn Growers Association Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chair Jim Zimmerman participated on a panel at the U.S. State Department National Foreign Affairs Training Center. Zimmerman was the only agriculture producer to be invited to speak during the State Department’s course. The panel focused on biotechnology and global challenges related to trade, food security, energy and climate change.
“With a rapidly growing world population it will be necessary to produce as much food in the next 50 years as was produced in all recorded history, making biotechnology in agriculture more important now than ever before,” Zimmerman said. “Better seed technology provides farmers choices to cope with new and emerging challenges such as difficult weather conditions, plant diseases and pests. In addition, the benefits of biotechnology not only include increased yields but also decreased use of water and fertilizer, allowing our farmers to produce more with less.”
The session was a panel of four speakers representing a diversity of views on modern biotechnology. Other panelists represented the Center Food Safety, Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Biotechnology Industry Organization. The course addressed questions related to views of agricultural biotechnology and its ability to address global challenges. Panelists were also asked their position labeling GE products.