Oxfam America cosying up to Monsanto
At this event, co-sponsored by Oxfam America, every single speaker is a big promoter of GM solutions to world hunger.
Oxfam America is even providing a platform for a Monsanto Vice President - Kevin L. Eblen, Monsanto's former Director of Mergers and Acquisitions, now Monsanto's "Public Policy and Sustainability Lead".
***This is a total outrage. There is not even an iota of pretence of any balance.***
If you're in New York, then please go along and make your voice heard.
For the rest of us, contact details for Oxfam America are here: http://www.oxfamamerica.org/contact_us
Among the e-mail addresses listed is:
The Global Food Crisis:
Time for Another Green Revolution?
*Kevin L. Eblen, Vice President, Public Policy and Sustainability Lead, Monsanto
*Rajiv Shah, Director, Agricultural Development, Gates Foundation (invited)
*Dr. Robert Zeigler, Director General, International Rice Research Institute
*Raymond C. Offenheiser, President, Oxfam America (Moderator)
In recent years, erratic weather due in part to climate change, fluctuations in energy prices, and increased demand for commodities are all contributing factors to drastic spikes and volatility in food prices. Adding now the impact of the global financial crisis, the number of people around the world considered food insecure has soared to nearly one billion, and counting.
Can technological innovation produce another "greenrevolution" to increase food supply?
What role can genetically modified crops play in raising crop yields amidst changing weather patterns and resource scarcity?
How can global agriculture production accommodate a growing world population and increasing demand for grain and meat in emerging economies?
With agricultural productivity stagnated for decades in Africa and Asia, identifying root causes and finding durable solutions to this ongoing food crisis is imperative, more now than ever before.
Please join us at Asia Society's New York Headquarters, or online via live Webcast, for the second program in Asia Society and Oxfam America's Food Crisis Series.
Webcast viewers can submit questions and offer comments by email during the webcast.
Policy programs at the Asia Society are generously supported by the Nicholas Platt Endowment for Public Policy.
Friday, February 20, 2009
8:00 Ë† 8:30 AM Registration & Breakfast
8:30 Ë† 9:30 AM Program
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021