MOFAD Roundtable is a program from the Museum of Food and Drink that explores controversial food issues through live debate and discussion. This event took place on April 27, 2014 at the Food Book Fair. Watch the full debate: vimeo.com/mofad/gmo
Since the introduction of the genetically engineered Flavr Savr tomato in 1994, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been at the center of a polarized debate. With the increasing push for GMO labeling in the United States, public interest in GMOs has reached a fever pitch.
The second episode of MOFAD Roundtable, presented in partnership with the Food Book Fair, brought together a science journalist, a consumer rights advocate, a science policy researcher, and a representative from the biotechnology industry to debate this deeply divisive issue. Panelists addressed issues of regulation and labeling, the ethics of patenting living organisms, potentially positive applications of genetic engineering, and the appropriate role of biotechnology industry in the food supply.
Cathleen Enright, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
Michael Hansen, Consumers Union
Amy Harmon, the New York Times
Margaret Mellon, Science Policy Consultant
Dave Arnold, Museum of Food and Drink (Moderator)