Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

The Center's annual biotechnology conference addresses the legal and ethical challenges in "The Future of Food," April 15, 8 a.m.-4p.m. in the Williman Room of the Benson Memorial Center on the SCU campus.

Co-sponsored with the High Tech Law Institute and the Santa Clara Journal of International Law, the conference will address three questions:

  • Should we pursue the genetic modification of food?

  • If yes, what is the legal infrastructure?

  • Is genetic modification of food a necessary tool to relieve world hunger?

David Magnus, co-director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and member of the Secretary of Agriculture's Advisory Committee on Biotechnology in the 21st Century, will be the keynote speaker.

Other participants include Tom MacMillan, executive director of the Food Ethics Council, Brighton, England; Michelle Marvier, assistant professor of biology and executive director of the Environmental Studies Institute, SCU; and Ethics Center Director of Biotechnology and Health Care Ethics Margaret R. McLean.

Conference Schedule
Presentations from the conference