Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

The Future of Food: Legal and Ethical Challenges

4th Annual Biotechnology Conference
April 15, 2005

Williman Room, Benson Memorial Center, Santa Clara University

8:00 - 8:45 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45 - 9:00 am Welcome
9:00 - 9:30 am Introducing the Future of Food
Margaret R. McLean, PhD (Director of Biotechnology and Healthcare Ethics, Santa Clara University Markkula Center for Applied Ethics)
9:30 - 10:45 am

Panel I - Should We Have Genetically Modified Foods?

Chair: Gregory Baker, PhD (Director of Food and Agribusiness Institute and Professor of Management, Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business)
Panelists: Michelle Marvier, PhD (Executive Director of Environmental Studies Institute and Assistant Professor of Biology, Santa Clara University); John Bedbrook, PhD (President and Chief Executive Officer, Verdia, Inc.); Paul Thompson, PhD (Professor of Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics, Michigan State University)

10:45 - 11:00 am Break
11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Panel II - How Do We Regulate Genetically Modified Foods?

Chair: June Carbone, JD (Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law)
Panelists: Elizabeth Howard, JD, PhD (Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP); Gregory N. Mandel, JD (Associate Professor of Law, Albany Law School); and Janice Mueller, JD (Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law)

12:15 - 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 - 2:15 pm Keynote Lecture: Values Versus Risk in the Biotechnology Debate
David Magnus, PhD (Director, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, Associate Professor, Division of Medical Genetics, Department of Pediatrics, and Member, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture's Advisory Committee on Biotechnology in the 21st Century)
2:15 - 2:30 pm Break
2:30 - 4:00 pm

Panel III - Do We Need Genetically Modified Foods to Feed the World?

Chair: Kirk Hanson, MBA (Executive Director, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics)
Panelists: Walter Falcon, PhD (Co-Director, Center for Environmental Science and Policy, Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for International Studies, and Helen C. Farnsworth Professor of International Agricultural Policy, Stanford University (Emeritus)); Peggy G. Lemaux, PhD (Professor, Plant and Microbial Biology, and Cooperative Extension Specialist in Plant Biotechnology, University of California, Berkeley); Thomas MacMillan, PhD (Executive Director, Food Ethics Council)