Dr. Lusk will present the issues surrounding mandatory labeling such as required in three states and recently was narrowly defeated in statewide ballots in three more. It also will discuss issues associated with voluntary labeling programs such as that offered by the non-GMO project label, the recent USDA certification, and the certified organic label, and the forces driving the labeling movement. Dr. Cournoyer will describe how the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulate different aspects of genetically engineered crops. It will then explain the foundation of how FDA regulates the safety of the U.S. food supply, and how the agency addresses food safety questions raised by genetically engineered crops.
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Dr. Jayson Lusk, PhD
Regents Professor and Endowed Chair of Agricultural Economics
Oklahoma State University
Dr. Lusk is the Regents Professor and Willard Sparks Endowed Chair in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University and also serves as the Samuel Roberts Noble Distinguished Fellow at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. He has a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University, and has held faculty positions at Mississippi State and Purdue Universities, and spent a year in Paris, France as a visiting researcher. He is much in demand as a speaker on several of his research topics, including consumer preferences for genetically modified foods.
Patrick Cournoyer, PhD
Consumer Safety Officer
Office of Food Additive Safety
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Patrick Cournoyer is a Consumer Safety Officer in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Food Additive Safety. He helps administer FDA’s plant biotechnology consultation program, which works with plant biotechnology developers to help them ensure food from new, genetically engineered plant varieties will be safe prior to marketing. Patrick received his PhD from Yale University in 2013, where he studied the cell biology of the plant immune system. Before graduate school, Patrick developed content for EU-funded websites in Germany to help inform European consumers about the safety and regulation of genetically engineered crops.
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September 09, 2015