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Genetic Engineering and Food for the World - NYC Conference Jan 19-21, 2001

This conference notice came in the email a few minutes ago from Susan
Youmans at EOS Systems. Any further inquiries can be directed to the
conference or the Working Group on Science, Technology & Faith (ST&F),
contact smithmoran@earthlink.net or Eosystems@aol.com (Susan Youmans) or

Hope it is of interest:

Adam Honigman

19-21 January 2001-- 
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine -- New York City

Presented by the  Episcopal Church Working Group
 on Science, Technology & Faith in partnership with
the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

To provide discernment skills for taking part in decisions about the use of 
genetic engineering in food production.  This is a crucial opportunity to 
revisit questions of the last 50 years about responsibility for the 
consequences of technological choices.

Decisions about genetic engineering affect the roles of food and farming in 
daily life, human and ecosystem health, and practices of trade and 
technological innovation.  Theological and ethical reflection on "the new 
genetics" is a priority in the development of the teaching ministry of the 
Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. 

A conference for congregations and congregational leaders, citizens, 
consumers, professional & lay people in agriculture, science and technology,

the bio-tech industry, government, environmental and other non-governmental 
organizations, ethics and theology from the global North & South, 
industrialized & developing nations.

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Friday
    (1) Genetic Engineering - 
    Sandra Michael, Binghamton University (SUNY
    (2) The Web of Life - 
    Allison Snow, Ohio State University
    (3) Ethical &Theological Tools -    Eliezer Risco, Diocese of
    Mary Terrell White, Wright State University             
    (4) Globalization -      Kamal Malhotra, United Nations Development 
    (5) Case Study: Stockholders Challenging Strategic Decisions of Biotech

Firms - Ariane van Buren, Interfaith Center on Corporate 
8:00 p.m. Friday  
The New Genetics and Faithful Living - 
Rosemari Sullivan, The General Convention of the Episcopal Church

Commissioning Oneself to a Ministry of Knowing and Teaching-
Susan Youmans, researcher-activist, Environmental Partnerships, Inc., 
Episcopal Diocese of MA

9:00 a.m. Saturday   
A Philosopher Listening for What on Earth Is Happening Here - 
Elizabeth Minnich, philosopher, The Union Institute     

11:30 a.m. Saturday
Promises of Genetic Engineering for the Poor of the Tropics - 
Paul Chavarriaga-Aguirre, plant genetics researcher, 

Food in Todayıs Cultures as a Lens on Globalization - 
Solomon Katz, , anthropologist, University of Pennsylvania

Potential Impact of Information Dissemination by
Multinationals to Developing Nations - 
Neil James, agricultural scientist,  The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical


4:00 p.m. Saturday  
Genetically Engineered Plants in the Ecological Web -
 Allison Snow, biologist, Ohio State University

Driving Progress in Biotechnology -  for Investors or Consumers? - 
Kate Fish, Monsanto Company

Serving the New Technology's Constituencies:  An Ethical Critique - 
Eric Beresford, ethicist, Anglican Consultative Council     

8:00 p.m. Saturday
Dinner speech by  Fred Kirschenmann,
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture 

9:00 a.m. Sunday
The Food Crisis: Whose?  Why?- 
Jeffrey Golliher, priest  and theologian, Cathedral Church of St. John the 

4p.m. 6p.m.  Registration & light supper,'Friday

Refreshments and coffee breaks 

7p.m. Dinner Saturday 

11 a.m. Worship on Sunday  

12:30 p.m Coffee hour


9:30 a.m. Saturday January 20 
Luddites, techies, and the ideal of control 
Frederick Burnham, priest and historian of science, 
Director, Trinity Institute; and Barbara Smith-Moran, 
priest and chemist, CTNS Science and Religion 
Course Program

Environmental justice and genetic engineering of food: the emerging 
discussion -Tba

Envisioning G.E. futures: the art of building best and worst-case scenarios 
Ron Cole-Turner, clergy, theologian, and bioethicist, Pittsburgh Theological


Perspectives on the Precautionary Principle - 
Fred Kirschenmann, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture; and Mary 
Terrell White, ethicist   

10:15 a.m. Saturday 
Using the green revolution as a model:  pros and cons - 
Joan Gussow, food systems educator, Columbia University, and Fred 
Kirschenmann, agricultural theorist,Leopold Center for Sustainable

Awards program: teaching science & religion to undergraduates &graduates on 
G.E. food - 
Barbara Smith-Moran, priest and chemist,CTNS Science and Religion Course 

G.E. food, GNP, & changes in agribusiness sectors in developing & developed 
countries - 
Paul Chavarriaga-Aguirre, International Center for Tropical Agriculture, 
plant genetics researcher; and Peter Matlon, United Nations Development 

The roles of advocacy - 
Julie Miles, Campaign on Genetically Modified Foods,National PIRG Research 
Center; and Linda Setchell, GE food campaign, Clean Water Action, MA.

3:00 p.m. Saturday  
Gaps between regulation and practice: testing and the regulation of research

Katherine Smith, Director Resource Economics Division, Economic Research 
Service, USDA

Health risks and benefits: who defines whatıs dangerous? - 

How do different generations see the issues? - 
Linda Setchell, GE food campaign, Clean Water Action, MA., Susan Youmans, 
researcher-activist, Environmental Partnerships, Inc., Episcopal Diocese of 
MA, Norm Faramelli,priest, chemical engineer and ethicist, Boston
and Joan Gussow, food systems educator, Columbia University            

10:00 am Sunday January 21
How faith communities are working toward policy statements - 
Rosemari Sullivan, General Convention Episcopal Church;
David Byers, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, 
Eric Beresford, Anglican Consultative Council, 
Ron Cole-Turner, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

How professions deal institutionally with ethical questions - 
Mary Terrell White, ethicist, Wright State University

Labeling of G.E. foods as an issue for policy-makers and consumers - 
Julie Miles, Campaign on Genetically Modified Foods, PIRG, and Neil James, 
agricultural scientist, the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Whatever can be done, must be done: the Technological imperative
Norm Faramelli, priest, chemical engineer, and ethicist, Boston University

Conference Registration Costs and Scholarship Help.  
Special fees are given to full-time students. Bishops have been asked to
scholarships available for participants from their dioceses. 

The Cathedral is located at 112th St. at Amsterdam Ave.  Parking available
the street or nearby parking garages.

Housing Information for those on a budget: The General Theological Seminary,

175 9th Ave., between 20th and 21st  St.  Dormitory rooms with two twin
$75/room/night.  Make reservations with Michael Walsh, 212-243-5150, ext. 
208, or walsh@gts.edu.   Other accommodations in the Chelsea area (near the 
Seminary and Penn Station):  Leo House (a guest house operated by the
of St. Agnes), 332 W. 23rd St. (between 8th & 9th Ave.), 212-929-1010; 
Chelsea Savoy Hotel, 23rd St. & 7th Ave., 212-929-9353; The Inn on 23rd, 121

W. 23rd St. (between 5th & 6th Ave.), 877-387-2323.
For more information on the conference or the Working Group on Science, 
Technology & Faith (ST&F), contact smithmoran@earthlink.net or 
Eosystems@aol.com (Susan Youmans) or http://ecusa.anglican.org/science.

Registrar:  stsaviour@earthlink.net

Name :________________________________
Diocese (if Episcopalian):__________________
Postal address:__________________________
Phone :________________________________

Fax:____________Email address:___________

Registration includes conference fees, 
coffee breaks, Fri .reception, & Sat. dinner:

Registration ____$100 Student __________$40
Please send this form with a check, 
payable to Working Group on Science,

Technology & Faith, to: 
Food Conference
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY  10025

Adam Honigman
Bowne Publishing Division
345 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
Tel: (212) 414-8933
Fax: (212) 229-3421
email: adam.honigman@bowne.com

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