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The Ménage à trois of agriculture, biotechnology and environment. Fact or fiction?

Courtyard of the Institute of Catalan Studies where the cocktail offered by Casa Ametller will take place

Courtyard of the Institute of Catalan Studies where the cocktail offered by Casa Ametller will take place

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Although there is an increasingly widespread awareness of the urgency to halt the erosion of the planet with human activity, transforming a society to be responsible to the environment involves many small changes in different areas. Political, economic, financial, and above all, changes in the exploitation of the planet to provide the inhabitants of goods and services necessary for life, such as basic food, energy and industry.
This transformation involves a good deal of creativity and scientific, technological and organizational innovation, as also the technology to provide alternative solutions to activities as important and vital to our communities as agriculture. One such technology is biotechnology, that applied to agriculture that is often associated with one of its most controversial applications, the development and use of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. However, biotechnology, understood as the OECD defines it as "the application of science and technology to living organisms as well as parts, products and models thereof, to alter living or non-living materials for the production of knowledge, goods and services", and has much more applications, including the use of living organisms for the treatment of crop pests and biological pest control , as an alternative to the use of pesticides or chemical pesticides.
Biopesticides or biological pesticides occupy only 3% of the global pesticide market. Expanding that ratio as a measure of reducing the environmental impact of agriculture supposes a series of challenges that go far beyond science or technology, and require, like many other technological advances a public debate, which is why the next 19th of September 2013, at 18:30 at the Institut d' Estudis Catalans (IEC, Calle del Carmen 47, Barcelona), Futureco Bioscience organizes in occasion of its 20th annuversary, a panel discussion to debate the future of agriculture by a biotechnology that does not involve genetic modification of plants or organisms, and seeks to reduce the impact of agricultural practices on the environment.
This discussion will be presented by Esther Torres, from the Catalan Institute of Agrarian Studies (ICEA) of the IEC, and will count with the participation of Carolina Fernandez, Director of the Department of R&D and Regulatory Affairs of Futureco Bioscience, Xavier Duran, science journalist and director of the program of TV3 “El Medi Ambient”, Ana Caño Delgado, researcher at the Agrigenomics Research Center of CSIC (CRAG), Montse Martí, technician from the SELMAR Plant Defense Federation, Francesc Reguant, vicepresident of ICEA and expert in economy and social impact of agriculture trends, and Amaya Prat, Head of the Group of Sustainability certification of Casaametller, and will be moderated by Cristina Ribas, chairwoman of the Catalan Association for Science Communication (ACCC).
This event is co-organized by the Catalan Association of Scientific, the Catalan Institute for Agrarian Studies and IEC Ametller House Group , who will invite a cocktail at the end of the event. The event is free and open, though we recommend to reserve the inscription by e-mail to communication@futurecobioscience.com 
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