Margaret Mellon at MOSES

The first of my videos from my trip to the MOSES conference is up on Biofortifed’s new Vimeo account. This is the keynote speech that Margaret Mellon gave. ‘Mardi’ is the director of the Food & Agriculture Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and as you will see in the video, is a critic of genetic engineering in agriculture. She gave an argument comparing genetic engineering with organic agriculture, suggesting that the safety of the former depends upon proving a negative, and that the latter involves proving a positive. She also addressed the suggestion that organic agriculture could incorporate genetic engineering. What do you think of her arguments? Watch the video and let us know!

Margaret Mellon at MOSES 2010 from Biofortified on Vimeo.
Almost immediately after her speech I recorded an audio interview with Margaret which I will post very soon. I already had some questions, but the speech spurred several more. What would you have asked her after this speech?

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Written by Karl Haro von Mogel

Karl Haro von Mogel serves as BFI’s Director of Science and Media and as Co-Executive Editor of the Biofortified Blog. He has a PhD in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from UW-Madison with a minor in Life Sciences Communication. He is a Postdoctoral Scholar at UC Riverside and works on Citrus genetics.