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June 27, 2000


Experts from U.S., Developing Nations to Debate ifBiotech Can Help


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Experts from U.S., Developing Nations to Debate if
Biotech Can Help Fight World Hunger Thursday

June 28, 2000

WASHINGTON, June 27 /U.S. Newswire/ via NewsEdge
Corporation - Rep. Tony P. Hall, D-Ohio, will bring
together experts from the United States and developing
countries to debate biotechnology's potential to fight
hunger -- and the risks it may pose to the world's poor:

-- Can biotechnology increase food production, enhance
the nutritional quality of crops, and reduce the use of
pesticides? Or does it benefit only a small number of
companies and farmers, while adversely altering
biological diversity?

-- Are advances in science being used as an emotionally
compelling reason to avoid stricter regulation of
biotechnology? Or is genetically engineered food an
appropriate way to address the problem of hunger?

Participants include Dr. Martina McGloughlin, Dr.
Vandana Shiva, Dr. C.S. Prakash, Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, Dr.
Therese St. Peter, Dr. Michael Hansen, Dr. Per
Pinstrup-Andersen, Arthur Getz, Dr. Peggy LeMaux, and
Michael Pollan.

Members expected to speak include Rep. Hall, Sen.
Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.), Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich
(D-Ohio), and Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. (R-Md.).

The forum will be:

Date: Thursday, June 29 Time: 9 a.m. - 12 noon Place:
2168 Rayburn (The Gold Room) (next to the U.S. Capitol; Washington DC)