The revolution in agricultural biotechnology has led to many changes, including the widespread use of corn, cotton, and soybeans that are genetically modified to resist herbicides; regulatory approval of rice fortified with vitamin A and virus-resistant papayas; and the development of drought-resistant wheat. Although US regulators do not mandate the labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods that are substantially equivalent to preexisting foods, the European Union, Australia, and China do require labels on food from GM crops. The next wave of GM products—foods from animals designed for faster growth, disease resistance, or reduced environmental impact—may be near. Panelists at this seminar analyzed how concerns over labeling of food from GM animals may affect the marketing, development, and economic viability of such innovative products.
This event is part of Resources 2020, a yearlong exploration of how economic inquiry can address future environmental and natural resource challenges. RFF invites you to help celebrate its 60th anniversary by joining a dialogue aimed at developing practical policy solutions for these critical issues in the next decade. Learn more at www.rff.org/resources2020.
Doug Gurian-Sherman, Senior Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists
William McConagha, Sidley Austin LLP, formerly of the FDA
James Murray, Department of Animal Science and Department of Population Health and Reproduction, University of California, Davis
Pauline Ippolito, Deputy Director of the Bureau of Economics, Federal Trade Commission