Agriculture Secretary Appoints Danforth Center Scientist to Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture
ST. LOUIS, MO, June 27, 2011 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed Dr. Paul Anderson, Executive Director, Office of International Programs at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture, or AC21.
The AC21 is composed of 22 members from 16 states. Members represent the biotechnology industry, the organic food industry, farming communities, the seed industry, food manufacturers, state government, consumer and community development groups, the medical profession, and academic researchers. Appointees will initially serve one or two-year terms, and may be reappointed to serve up to six consecutive years.
"This advisory committee will come together to continue investigating the challenges of coexistence among different forms of agricultural production," said Vilsack. "I hope this committee will recommend workable solutions that will enhance the ability of all farmers to grow the crops they want in order to effectively meet the needs of their customers."
“I am honored to have been selected to serve and am looking forward to participating in the dialogue about the opportunities and challenges related to biotechnology and its role in shaping a promising future for the U.S. agriculture,” said Anderson.
About The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Founded in 1998, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Research at the Danforth Center will feed the hungry and improve human health, preserve and renew the environment, and enhance the St. Louis region and Missouri as a world center for plant science. The Center’s work is funded through competitive grants and contract revenue from many sources, including the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Agency for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For more information please visit www.danforthcenter.org.