‘Future of Food’ comes to Western

As part of London Biotech Week 2011, the Pest Genomics and Plant Breeding in Sustainable Agricultural Pest Management Group at The University of Western Ontario, in partnership with TechAlliance, will host the Future of Food: bioCEP3 (Biotechnology, Crops, Education, Policy, Production and Perception).

Scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 20, this one-day workshop will bring to light budding issues in food biotechnology, including genetic crop development and modification. The event will feature sessions on food production vs. population growth; sustainable agriculture; biotechnology and food; public perception and education; regulation; and funding.

The Pest Genomics and Plant Breeding in Sustainable Agricultural Pest Management Group, funded by Ontario Research Fund, boasts researchers from Western’s Department of Biology and Faculty of Law. Western team members include Mike Grbic, principal investigator, Vojislava Grbic, Mark Perry and Priti Krishna.

Each year, TechAlliance hosts this regional component of National Biotechnology Week, a week designed to showcase the outstanding capacity Canada has for biotech research, discovery and development. In London, Biotech Week is a communitywide celebration of the life science and biotechnology community and is the only week dedicated to the world- class companies and institutions that call the city home.

The event targets university and college faculty, researchers, students, industry representatives, government and members of the agricultural community. The goal of this interactive workshop is to bring together stakeholders from all sectors of the food production industry to discuss current issues and future opportunities.

All attendees are required to register for this workshop, held in the Convergence Centre, Western Research Park, 999 Collip Circle. Lunch will be provided.