At BIO 2010!

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Hi there folks, Frank N. Foode™ here. I’ve been hanging out in Chicago for the Biotechnology Industry Organization International Convention. I remember last year: the farmers, scientists, and businesspeople I met, and the stuff I learned. And as soon as Karl joins me at McCormick Place tomorrow, I can get some more good pictures. I will be going to a lot of panel discussions, and Biofortified’s own Dr. Pam Ronald and Karl Haro von Mogel will each be participating in one of them. Cool!

I will also be available for photo ops, too, so to make it easy for you to find me, here’s where I will be on Wednesday the 5th:

Session Track: Food and Agriculture, Breakout Sessions
Session Location: Room N426C
Session Date: Wednesday May 5, 2010
Session Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Session Speaker: Alexander Grobman, PhD – Chair | Company:Peru Biotec  [and other speakers]
Summary: The Cartagena Protocol of Biosafety, approved in February 2000, was implemented in September 2003. The Protocol applies to the transboundary movement, transit, handling and use of all living modified…
Then it will be time for lunch, and I’ve got a date with Pam! Well ok, I’m in the audience.

BIO will host a special media luncheon on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 featuring Dr. Channapatna S. Prakash, professor of plant molecular genetics at Tuskegee University, who will moderate a discussion on “When Politics Impedes Progress to Combat Hunger.”

Luncheon speakers are scheduled to include:

  • Pam Ronald, Professor of Plant Pathology and Chair of the Plant Genomics Program at the University of California, Davis, and author of the book, Tomorrow’s Table
  • Michael Specter, New Yorker staff writer and author of Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives.
  • Margaret Zeigler, deputy director of the Congressional Hunger Center.
But wait, Former Vice President Al Gore is also scheduled to give a keynote luncheon at the same time! What is a plant to do? I know Karl will be at the panel discussion, because for some weird reason the media don’t get to listen to Gore’s speech. (Who made that decision?) Maybe I can slip away and catch part of it, I don’t know!
Whatever I manage to do, after lunch it will back to the breakout sessions. This one looks really good:
Session Track: Food and Agriculture, Breakout Sessions
Session Location: Room N426C
Session Date: Wednesday May 5, 2010
Session Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Session Speaker: Sally Squires – Chair  [and other speakers]
Summary: The panel will address the connection between public perception of technologies, such as agricultural biotechnology, and their adoption. The speakers will address the political hurdles, which often…
And then there’s this one, I wonder if they will talk about the Supreme Court Case?
Session Track: Food and Agriculture, Breakout Sessions
Session Location: Room N426C
Session Date: Wednesday May 5, 2010
Session Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Session Speaker: Thomas Redick, Esq – Chair | Company:Global Environmental Ethics Counsel  [and other speakers]
Summary: The benefits of biotech crops for sustainable supplies of food, feed, fuel and fiber must hurdle standard setting and laws that deny the sustainability of biotech crops. While legal WTO victories…
But I will have to leave this one early to make it in time to see Karl Haro von Mogel participate in a panel discussion about blogging about biotechnology. And they’re providing drinks for people to hang out, listen, and think!
Think & Drink
Wednesday, May 5
5:00 – 6:30pm
Biotech Now Lounge, West Lobby, Level 1

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I wonder if Karl will let me sit on his lap so I can have a little of the spotlight? Pretty please with mulch on top?
I’ll try to tweet when I can, and you can also follow the convention chatter with the #bio2010 hashtag
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