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    1 : The Past, Present and Future of
    2 : What is Food Biotechnology? Food biotechnology is the evolution of traditional agricultural techniques such as crossbreeding and fermentation. It is an extension of the type of food development that has provided nectarines, tangerines and similar advancements.
    3 : Technically Speaking... Food biotechnology employs the tools of modern genetics to enhance beneficial traits of plants, animals, and microorganisms for food production. It involves adding or extracting select genes to achieve desired traits.
    4 : Evolution of Food Biotechnology
    5 : Food Biotechnology: From Farm to Fork Farming & the environment Food quality & processing Health & nutrition Developing nations
    6 : Farming & the Environment Reduces the use of pesticides Decreases soil erosion Helps protect water Conserves land & fossil fuels
    7 : Farmers Increases crop yields Reduces farmer production costs Decreases farmer exposure to pesticides Improves farming efficiency
    8 : Preventable plant diseases
    9 : Farming & Animal Biotechnology Animal feed: biotechnology vs. traditional variety Animal products: milk, meat & eggs May improve feed supplies
    10 : Food Quality & Processing Many processed foods use biotech crops Improved fat profile in oils - more stable for frying Delayed ripening = fresher produce
    11 : Health & Nutrition More nutritious products to meet consumer demands Some oils may not require hydrogenation, and therefore be low or free of trans fatty acids Potatoes with higher solid content
    12 : Developing Nations: Biotechnology’s Impact on Food Security
    13 : Combating Hunger Food biotechnology will allow more food to be produced on less land Economic benefits will allow food biotechnology to contribute to combating global hunger
    14 : Combating Hunger & Malnutrition Vitamin A deficiency and iron-deficiency afflict millions worldwide Potential solution: “golden rice”
    15 : Consumers benefit from food biotechnology Better environment Better food processing & quality Improved nutritional profile
    16 : Current Products of Food Biotechnology
    17 : Consumers Support Food Biotechnology Nearly two-thirds believe food biotechnology will benefit their family in the next five years More than half would choose products modified to taste better or fresher Nearly three-quarters of consumers would likely buy produce protected against insect damage Source: IFIC/Cogent, April 2003
    18 : FDA USDA AMA IFT EC FAO/ WHO ADA Food Biotechnology Is Safe Food biotechnology is one of the most extensively reviewed agricultural advancements to date Studies to date show no evidence of harmful effects
    19 : U.S. Labeling Policy for Food Biotechnology FDA safety standards are consistent for all foods. A label disclosure would be required if . . . Allergens were present in the food Levels of naturally occurring toxins had increased. Nutrient composition or profile had been changed from its traditional counterpart
    20 : Consumers Support Labeling Policy Nearly two-thirds of consumers support the FDA labeling policy Source: IFIC/Cogent, April 2003
    21 : FDA & Labeling Guidelines Jan 2001 FDA draft voluntary labeling guidelines released for public comment “GM” or “GMO” would not be allowed on labels Consumers found confusing Misleading because inaccurate
    22 : What Does the Future Hold? Food biotechnology has the potential to: Reduce natural toxins in plants Provide simpler and faster ways to detect pathogens Extend freshness Increase farming efficiency
    23 : Future Health Benefits “Golden rice” Reduced allergens in food Improved nutritional content
    24 : Products in the pipeline
    25 : The Future: Beyond Food Plant-made Pharmaceuticals – growing medicines in plants Edible vaccines “No mow” grass

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