Globe 2Socioeconomic Issues in Industrialized Countries Related to Genetically Engineered Crops

On Thursday, March 19, the committee held a webinar in which invited speakers addressed adoption trends of GE crops in the United States, GE research and development investments in the public and private sectors, and public policy aspects of genetic engineering in agriculture. The webinar featured invited speakers:

Keith Fuglie, Research Economist, USDA Economic Research Service. bio

Keith Fuglie works with the Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in Washington, DC, where he has served as branch chief and research economist specializing in the economics of technological change and science policy. In 2012 Dr. Fuglie was recognized with the USDA Secretary’s Honor Award for Professional Service, and in 2014 he received the Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. During 1997-1998 Dr. Fuglie served as senior staff economist on the White House Council of Economic Advisers. He also spent ten years with the International Potato Center (CIP) stationed in Southeast Asia and North Africa. Dr. Fuglie received an M.S. and Ph.D. in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota.

Lorraine Mitchell, Agricultural Economist, USDA Economic Research Service. bio

Lorraine Mitchell has been an agricultural economist at the USDA’s Economic Research Service since 1998. Her research has focused on the effect of consumer demand issues on international agricultural trade as well as general trade modeling. She received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1998.

Seth Wechsler, Agricultural Economist, USDA Economic Research Service. bio

Seth Wechsler is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland’s Agricultural and Resource Economics department. His tenure as an agricultural economist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service began in late 2014. Dr. Wechsler’s research interests include pest control, pest resistance management, biotechnology, and technology adoption. His current work focuses on quantifying the extent to which rootworms have adapted to the toxins produced by genetically modified, insect-resistant corn. Dr. Wechsler received an M.S. and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Maryland. He earned a B.A. and an M.A. in economics from Duke University.

Peter Phillips, Distinguished Professor, University of Saskatchewan. bio

Peter Phillips is Distinguished Professor in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) at the University of Saskatchewan. He earned his MScEcon and Ph.D. at the London School of Economics (LSE) and practiced for 13 years as a professional economist and advisor in industry and government. At the University of Saskatchewan, he has held the Van Vliet Research Chair, created and held an NSERC-SSHRC Chair in Managing Technological Change, was a founding member and director of the virtual College of Biotechnology, and was founding director of the JSGS. He has had appointments at the LSE, the OECD, the European University Institute, Edinburgh, and the University of Western Australia. He was a founding member of the Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee and has been on many company boards, including CAPI, Pharmalytics and Ag West Bio Inc. (which operates a biotech venture fund). He has held more than15 peer reviewed grants worth over $150 million and is the author or editor of 13 books, more than 40 journal articles and over 50 book chapters, including Innovation in Agri-food Clusters (CABI 2012).

The webinar is an information-gathering meeting for the committee in which the speakers are invited to provide input to the committee.

Presentations for each speaker start at the below timestamps:

  • Keith Fuglie: 00:06:24
  • Seth Wechsler: 00:32:40
  • Lorraine Mitchell: 00:50:58
  • Peter Phillips: 01:07:05

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