How Should the Next Administration Address Genetically Engineered Food Animals?

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WASHINGTON—The Center for American Progress and the Center for Science in the Public Interest held a moderated panel discussion on the commercialization of genetically engineered animals on Monday, November 10, 2008 at the National Press Club in Washington.


  • Rick Weiss, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress (moderator)
  • Scott J. Eilert, V.P. and Director, Meat Technology Department, Cargill
  • Michael Greger, Director, Public Health and Animal Agriculture, The Humane Society of the United States
  • Gregory Jaffe, Director, CSPI Biotechnology Project
  • John Phillips, Emeritus Professor, University of Guelph and Enviropig developer
  • Michael Taylor, Research Professor of Health Policy, George Washington University
  • Jamie Jonkers, Ph.D., Director, Regulatory Affairs, National Milk Producers Federation

What: Representatives of the biotechnology industry, the food industry, and consumer groups discussed what the next Administration, Congress, and consumers should know about the coming commercialization of genetically engineered animals.

When: 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST on Monday, November 10, 2008

Where: National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 529 14th St., N.W., Washington, DC

Why: What are the potential risks and benefits of applying genetic engineering to animals, such as the so-called "Enviropig" or the fast-growing transgenic salmon? How should they be regulated—and by whom? How will American consumers and our international trading partners react to these high-tech animals and their entry into the food supply?

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