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Symposium: Balancing bioethical, economic, and social issues

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces a symposium on "Sustaining Animal Agriculture: Balancing Bioethical, Economic, and Social Issues."

The symposium is to be held Tuesday June 8-Thursday June 10, 2010 at the Jefferson Auditorium, South Agriculture Building, Washington, D.C., for decision makers at local/state/federal levels, representatives from industry, consumers, students, and the media.

Animal agriculture--a major industry in the United States--is rapidly evolving through inputs from diverse sectors.

What are the intended and unintended consequences of certification programs and regulations on animal welfare, the structure of agriculture, the economics of animal production, rural demographics, and food security?

This type of comprehensive, objective analysis has not been available before.

Symposium speakers and panellists will focus on several critical issues, including:
- Integration of Competing Concepts Surrounding the Ethical Use of Food Animals
- Bioethical and Animal Welfare Issues
- Long-term Survival and Food Security
- Analysis of Certification and Regulatory Programs
- Societal and Global Impacts
- Consequences of Decisions by Consumers and Government Decision Makers

Further details can be found in the Agenda

Natalie Berkhout

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