Share
Save

Objective

While the majority of governments design safety assessments of genetically engineered (GE) foods around the Codex Alimentarius’ principles and guidelines, there remain significant differences in the practical application of Codex and other international guidance. This adds complexity, time, and cost to the regulatory process, further exacerbates asynchronous authorizations, and stands in the way of achieving regional or sub-regional regulatory cooperation. The ILSI Research Foundation’s efforts focus primarily on technical training of regulators and public sector scientists who are called upon to inform risk assessments on behalf of institutional or national biosafety committees. This includes training around concepts and principles of GE food safety assessment, and, where necessary, turning this into experiential understanding.

Collaborators & Partners

ILSI Focal Point in China, CropLife China, China Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Chinese Society of Agricultural Biotechnology, Chinese National Institute for Nutrition and Health, DuPont Pioneer, Estel Consult Ltd., Indonesian National Agency for Food and Drug Control, Indonesian Center for Animal Research and Development, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Badan Pengawas Obat dan Makanan (Indonesia), USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

Areas of Focus

The ILSI Research Foundation is implementing food safety activities in China and Indonesia as well as preparing a reference book that describes how and why safety assessments of foods derived from genetically engineered crops are undertaken, while placing these in the context of overall conventional food safety.

Current Activity

The ILSI Research Foundation is engaged in outreach and capacity building on GE food safety assessment in China, in collaboration with ILSI Focal Point in China, CropLife China, and other Chinese academic and government stakeholders. An initial workshop was convened in 2016, with presentations on the GE food safety assessment paradigm, regulation of biotechnology in China, and considerations for new agricultural biotechnologies. A follow-up workshop was organized by the ILSI Research Foundation in May 2017, together with ILSI Focal Point in China, the National Institute for Nutrition and Health at China CDC, and the Chinese Society of Agricultural Biotechnology.

Supported by a grant from the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service and in collaboration with the Government of Indonesia, the ILSI Research Foundation is organizing a food safety training program which focuses on providing practical instruction in the technical aspects of food safety testing and evaluation for foods derived from GE plants. The first phase of the program involves classroom and case study training in Jakarta, while the second phase is being conducted in cooperation with the DuPont Stine Haskell Research Center in Wilmington, Delaware. Participants will receive classroom and practical training, in addition to being able to observe studies being conducted in laboratory facilities to improve practical understanding of just how and why these studies are carried out.

Resources

Newsletters

Find out about the work being done by the ILSI Research Foundation by reading our monthly e-newsletter.

e-Learning

e-Learning courses have been developed by the ILSI Research Foundation that focus on food safety.

OECD Task Force on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds

Paris, France

The OECD Task Force on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds, for which the ILSI Research Foundation is a recognized observer organization, works on technical issues related to the food safety of novel foods and feeds, including the products of agricultural biotechnology.

Read more

Phase II: GE Food/Feed Safety Assessment Training

Newark, DE, USA

The ILSI Research Foundation organized a five-day training program at the Stine Haskell Research Facility in Wilmington, DE to observe how food and feed safety assessment data is collected in the laboratory.

Read more

WP_Query Object
(
    [query] => Array
        (
            [post_type] => event
            [posts_per_page] => 5
            [type] => 
            [area] => 
            [before] => 2020-12-31
            [after] => 
            [tags] => CSAFF
            [showtitle] => false
            [meta_query] => Array
                (
                    [relation] => AND
                    [0] => Array
                        (
                            [key] => _ilsi_date
                            [value] => 2020-12-31
                            [compare] => <=
                        )

                )

            [paged] => 1
            [tax_query] => Array
                (
                    [0] => Array
                        (
                            [taxonomy] => post_tag
                            [field] => name
                            [terms] => CSAFF
                        )

                )

            [meta_key] => _ilsi_date
            [orderby] => meta_value
            [order] => DESC
        )

    [query_vars] => Array
        (
            [post_type] => event
            [posts_per_page] => 5
            [type] => 
            [area] => 
            [before] => 2020-12-31
            [after] => 
            [tags] => CSAFF
            [showtitle] => false
            [meta_query] => Array
                (
                    [relation] => AND
                    [0] => Array
                        (
                            [key] => _ilsi_date
                            [value] => 2020-12-31
                            [compare] => <=
                        )

                )

            [paged] => 1
            [tax_query] => Array
                (
                    [0] => Array
                        (
                            [taxonomy] => post_tag
                            [field] => name
                            [terms] => CSAFF
                        )

                )

            [meta_key] => _ilsi_date
            [orderby] => meta_value
            [order] => DESC
            [error] => 
            [m] => 
            [p] => 0
            [post_parent] => 
            [subpost] => 
            [subpost_id] => 
            [attachment] => 
            [attachment_id] => 0
            [name] => 
            [static] => 
            [pagename] => 
            [page_id] => 0
            [second] => 
            [minute] => 
            [hour] => 
            [day] => 0
            [monthnum] => 0
            [year] => 0
            [w] => 0
            [category_name] => 
            [tag] => 
            [cat] => 
            [tag_id] => 104
            [author] => 
            [author_name] => 
            [feed] => 
            [tb] => 
            [meta_value] => 
            [preview] => 
            [s] => 
            [sentence] => 
            [title] => 
            [fields] => 
            [menu_order] => 
             => 
            [category__in] => Array
                (
                )

            [category__not_in] => Array
                (
                )

            [category__and] => Array
                (
                )

            [post__in] => Array
                (
                )

            [post__not_in] => Array
                (
                )

            [post_name__in] => Array
                (
                )

            [tag__in] => Array
                (
                )

            [tag__not_in] => Array
                (
                )

            [tag__and] => Array
                (
                )

            [tag_slug__in] => Array
                (
                )

            [tag_slug__and] => Array
                (
                )

            [post_parent__in] => Array
                (
                )

            [post_parent__not_in] => Array
                (
                )

            [author__in] => Array
                (
                )

            [author__not_in] => Array
                (
                )

            [ignore_sticky_posts] => 
            [suppress_filters] => 
            [cache_results] => 1
            [update_post_term_cache] => 1
            [lazy_load_term_meta] => 1
            [update_post_meta_cache] => 1
            [nopaging] => 
            [comments_per_page] => 50
            [no_found_rows] => 
        )

    [tax_query] => WP_Tax_Query Object
        (
            [queries] => Array
                (
                    [0] => Array
                        (
                            [taxonomy] => post_tag
                            [terms] => Array
                                (
                                    [0] => CSAFF
                                )

                            [field] => name
                            [operator] => IN
                            [include_children] => 1
                        )

                )

            [relation] => AND
            [table_aliases:protected] => Array
                (
                    [0] => wp_5_term_relationships
                )

            [queried_terms] => Array
                (
                    [post_tag] => Array
                        (
                            [terms] => Array
                                (
                                    [0] => CSAFF
                                )

                            [field] => name
                        )

                )

            [primary_table] => wp_5_posts
            [primary_id_column] => ID
        )

    [meta_query] => WP_Meta_Query Object
        (
            [queries] => Array
                (
                    [0] => Array
                        (
                            [key] => _ilsi_date
                        )

                    [1] => Array
                        (
                            [0] => Array
                                (
                                    [key] => _ilsi_date
                                    [value] => 2020-12-31
                                    [compare] => <=
                                )

                            [relation] => OR
                        )

                    [relation] => AND
                )

            [relation] => AND
            [meta_table] => wp_5_postmeta
            [meta_id_column] => post_id
            [primary_table] => wp_5_posts
            [primary_id_column] => ID
            [table_aliases:protected] => Array
                (
                    [0] => wp_5_postmeta
                    [1] => mt1
                )

            [clauses:protected] => Array
                (
                    [wp_5_postmeta] => Array
                        (
                            [key] => _ilsi_date
                            [compare] => =
                            [alias] => wp_5_postmeta
                            [cast] => CHAR
                        )

                    [mt1] => Array
                        (
                            [key] => _ilsi_date
                            [value] => 2020-12-31
                            [compare] => <=
                            [alias] => mt1
                            [cast] => CHAR
                        )

                )

            [has_or_relation:protected] => 
        )

    [date_query] => 
    [request] => SELECT SQL_CALC_FOUND_ROWS  wp_5_posts.ID FROM wp_5_posts  LEFT JOIN wp_5_term_relationships ON (wp_5_posts.ID = wp_5_term_relationships.object_id) INNER JOIN wp_5_postmeta ON ( wp_5_posts.ID = wp_5_postmeta.post_id )  INNER JOIN wp_5_postmeta AS mt1 ON ( wp_5_posts.ID = mt1.post_id ) WHERE 1=1  AND ( 
  wp_5_term_relationships.term_taxonomy_id IN (104)
) AND ( 
  wp_5_postmeta.meta_key = '_ilsi_date' 
  AND 
  ( 
    ( mt1.meta_key = '_ilsi_date' AND mt1.meta_value <= '2020-12-31' )
  )
) AND wp_5_posts.post_type = 'event' AND (wp_5_posts.post_status = 'publish' OR wp_5_posts.post_status = 'graded' OR wp_5_posts.post_status = 'not_graded') GROUP BY wp_5_posts.ID ORDER BY wp_5_postmeta.meta_value DESC LIMIT 0, 5
    [posts] => Array
        (
            [0] => WP_Post Object
                (
                    [ID] => 8440
                    [post_author] => 65
                    [post_date] => 2018-08-21 20:03:34
                    [post_date_gmt] => 2018-08-21 20:03:34
                    [post_content] => 
	

Dr. Andrew Roberts will be co-chairing the scientific session: Advances in Molecular Biology as Relevant to Food Technology alongside Dr. Michael Knowles at the 19th World Congress of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST2018).

IUFoST2018 brings together researchers, academics, professionals, policymakers, food scientists, and private sector representatives to exchange ideas, share innovations, showcase new research, and discuss policy issues. Global developments in all the facets of food science and technology will be showcased through over 60 parallel scientific sessions, with more than 250 speakers participating. ILSI, ILSI India, ILSI Europe, and ILSI North America are also participating in the event.

Scientific Session: Advances in Molecular Biology as Relevant to Food Technology

Overview Abstracts Speakers Overview

Abstracts

History and Context for Food Safety Assessment of Foods Derived from Genetically Engineered Plants
Dr. Andrew F. Roberts, ILSI Research Foundation

When genetically engineered plants were being developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s, food safety regulators were faced with a unique challenge.  Prior to this point risk assessments for foods focused on the presence of chemical and microbial contaminants while the foods themselves were considered to be safe.  But in response to public policy initiatives to require pre-market safety assessment for novel foods, assessors had to develop a paradigm for assessing the safety of whole foods for the first time.  This presentation will walk through some of the landmark early documents that developed the paradigm which has since been incorporated into the Codex Alimentarius Guideline for the Conduct of Food Safety Assessment of Foods Derived from Recombinant-DNA Plants (CAC/GL45-2003).

Food Safety Assessment for Genetically Engineered Plants in South Asia
Dr. Vibha Ahuja, Biotech Consortium India Ltd.

Foods derived from genetically engineered (GE) plants are widely consumed across many countries. In 2017, GE plants were grown by 24 countries in approximately 190 million hectares and imported by additional 43 countries for food and feed use. Countries in South Asian region are in varying stages of development and use of  GE plants. National biosafety frameworks and guidelines for food safety assessment are in place in these countries to regulate activities involving GE plants and derived food/feed products. Authorizations for the use of GE plants/foods are currently made at the national level. Regional harmonization for safety assessment guidance will ensure that foods derived from GE plants in any South Asian  country will meet the standard for safety, preventing disruptions to trade, ensuring the safety of foods for travelers between countries, and building a foundation for regional recognition of food safety authorizations, in future

Methods for the Detection, Identification, and Quantification of GM-Material in Food.
Dr. Lalitha R. Gowda, CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (retired)

Consequent to global commercialization of genetically modified (GM) crops, these crops and their products have been regulated by many countries requiring market traceability and labeling above an established threshold. The success of any regulatory and labeling scheme depends upon the efficiency with which a genetically modified material can be reliably detected and quantified. Detection of GMOs is focused on either identifying the altered gene(s) or their proteins product(s). The methods rely either on the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to amplify the transgene sequence(s), or on immunological methods (primarily ELISA, the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) to bind to the transgene gene product(s). Both methods have their place and are both qualitative and quantitative. These molecular techniques form the foundation for GMO analyses. Owing to the increase in number and divergence of GMOs developed and commercialized, most GM detection laboratories now predominantly apply initial PCR based screenings followed by (when appropriate) more specific PCR based identification and quantification. Before PCR techniques can be used by official authorities in routine analysis, they must be validated. The potential and practicality of PCR for GM material detection are discussed in the light of actual legislation and of the constraints imposed by food production and processing.

*The authors of these abstracts declare no conflict of interest, in terms of scientific, financial, and personal.

Speakers

Dr. Michael Knowles
Governing Council Member, IUFoST

Dr. Michael Knowles is a pharmacist and medicinal chemist who spent the first half of his career with the UK Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food where he became Chief Scientist (Fisheries & Food) and Under-Secretary, Head of the Food Science Group. The latter half of his career he spent with The Coca-Cola Company, eventually becoming Vice-President of Global Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, from which he retired in 2013. He is a Fellow of several scientific societies, former Global President of the International Life Sciences Institute, a Liveryman of the Society of Apothecaries, London, and a Freeman of the City of London. His scientific publications are mainly in the area of food safety, and he is joint-founding editor of the Journal of Food Additives and Contaminants. He has been a member and/or chaired scientific and regulatory committees in EU food and drink trade associations, and he is the past-Chairman of the Board of the European Technology Platform, “Food for Life,” and a member of IUFoST’s Governing Council.


Dr. Andrew Roberts
Deputy Executive Director, ILSI Research Foundation

Dr. Andrew Roberts is the Deputy Executive Director of the ILSI Research Foundation, where he is responsible for programs addressing environmental risk assessment and food safety assessment for biotechnology. Prior to joining the Research Foundation, Dr. Roberts worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in several different capacities, all related to the regulation of agricultural biotechnology.


Dr. Vibha Ahuja
Chief General Manager, Biotech Consortium India Ltd.

Dr. Vibha Ahuja holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology and is an expert on biosafety and regulatory aspects, particularly with reference to genetically modified organisms, having more than 25 years of experience. She is experienced in issues related to the Indian biosafety regulatory framework and has been part of formulation and dissemination of guidelines. She has been actively involved in capacity building initiatives in the country and throughout South Asia.


Dr. Lalitha R. Gowda
Former Chief Scientist, CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute

Dr. Lalitha R. Gowda obtained her Ph. D in Biochemistry from Baylor University, Texas, USA and had post-doctoral training at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, UK. Her research and teaching career spans over 35 years in the areas of structural biology of plant proteins, food science, detail-focused analytical food safety, and a solid understanding of food safety regulations. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of FSSA(I), and Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) under the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change.

[post_title] => 19th World Congress of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST2018) [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => iufost2018 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-08-28 19:13:17 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-08-28 19:13:17 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://ilsirf.org/?post_type=event&p=8440 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => event [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 4566 [post_author] => 11 [post_date] => 2017-11-21 19:47:35 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-11-21 19:47:35 [post_content] => Overview Agenda & Presentations Videos Photos Social Media Location Overview

ILSI Research Foundation and Food and Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank was very pleased to co-organize the scientific symposium: Protected Production of Fruits and Vegetables for Nutrition Security in Urban and Peri-Urban Environments. Fruits and vegetables play an essential role in nutritious diets and are key to addressing health and nutritional challenges. Increasing productivity to meet growing demand is challenged by the impacts of climate change and competition for essential natural resources. Ensuring the sustainability of the fruit and vegetable supply cannot be achieved without implementation of climate smart adaptation and mitigation interventions.

Ranging from inexpensive, simple polytunnels to high-cost, high-technology production platforms, protected systems for fruit and vegetable production offer viable alternatives to rainfed, open-field cultivation of these high value, nutritious crops. Protected cultivation, particularly in low and middle income countries, has been proposed as a way to adapt production to climate volatility while also increasing supply. However, protected cultivation techniques are not suitable to all climatic conditions, or all fruit and vegetable crops. Startup costs can be prohibitive, particularly for small-holders, and profitability requires higher quality and yields, access to markets, and/or higher selling prices.

This scientific symposium explored how protected cultivation of fruits and vegetables can be used to provide a reliable, affordable, and sustainably produced supply of nutrient dense foods, with an emphasis on production opportunities in urban and peri-urban settings.

Agenda & Presentations
Time Topic Presenter
1:00 pm Welcome and Introductions (PDF | Video 1 | Video 2) Juergen Voegele, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Agriculture Global Practice, The World Bank Group

Morven McLean, Ph.D.
Executive Director, ILSI Research Foundation

1:15 pm Protected Cultivation of Fruits and Vegetables: Opportunities and Challenges (PDF | Video) Elizabeth Mitcham, Ph.D.
Director, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture, University of California, Davis
1:30 pm Projected Impacts of Climate Change on Fruit and Vegetable Production Globally Through to 2050 (PDF | Video) Mark W. Rosegrant, Ph.D.
Research Fellow Emeritus, Director General's Office,
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
1:55 pm Life Cycle Assessment of Fruit and Vegetable Production, Including Protected Systems (PDF | Video) Greg Thoma, Ph.D.
Professor, Bates Teaching Endowed Professorship in Chemical Engineering, University of Arkansas
2:20 pm Break
2:45 pm Controlled Environment Agriculture: The Technological Suite of Opportunities and Constraints (PDF  | Video) Richard Rosen, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer, American Ag Energy
3:10 pm Integrated Production Systems for Nutritional Security and More Jobs Per Drop for Smallholder Farmers Under Climate Change in the MENA Region (PDF | Video) Jacques Wery, Ph.D.
Deputy Director General for Research, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)
3:35 pm The Importance of Climate-Smart Horticulture in Urban and Peri-Urban Areas of the Global South: Policy Challenges and Interventions (PDF  | Video) Gordon Prain, Ph.D.
Global Coordinator (retired), Urban Harvest, CGIAR Global Program on Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture
4:00 pm Panel Discussion (Video) Erick Fernandes, Ph.D.
Global Lead - Technology, Innovation, and Climate Smart Agriculture, Agriculture Global Practice, The World Bank Group
4:50 pm Summary Remarks (Video) Eija Pehu, Ph.D.
Board of Trustees, ILSI Research Foundation

Videos

The livestream took place at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 and was concurrently broadcast on the World Bank's YouTube Channel. The entire event may be viewed below:


WelcomeJuergen Voegele, Ph.D. - Senior Director, Agriculture Global Practice, The World Bank Group


IntroductionsMorven McLean, Ph.D. - Executive Director, ILSI Research Foundation


Protected Cultivation of Fruits and Vegetables: Opportunities and ChallengesElizabeth Mitcham, Ph.D. - Director, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture, University of California, Davis


Projected Impacts of Climate Change on Fruit and Vegetable Production Globally Through to 2050Mark W. Rosegrant, Ph.D. - Research Fellow Emeritus, Director General's Office, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)


Life Cycle Assessment of Fruit and Vegetable Production, Including Protected Systems - Greg Thoma, Ph.D. - Professor, Bates Teaching Endowed Professorship in Chemical Engineering, University of Arkansas


Controlled Environment Agriculture: The Technological Suite of Opportunities and ConstraintsRichard Rosen, Ph.D. - Chief Executive Officer, American Ag Energy


Integrated Production Systems for Nutritional Security and More Jobs Per Drop for Smallholder Farmers Under Climate Change in the MENA RegionJacques Wery, Ph.D. - Deputy Director General for Research, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)


The Importance of Climate-Smart Horticulture in Urban and Peri-Urban Areas of the Global South: Policy Challenges and InterventionsGordon Prain, Ph.D. - Global Coordinator (retired), Urban Harvest, CGIAR Global Program on Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture


Panel DiscussionErick Fernandes, Ph.D. (Moderator) - Global Lead: Technology, Innovation, and Climate Smart Agriculture, Agriculture Global Practice, The World Bank Group


Summary RemarksEija Pehu, Ph.D. - Board of Trustees, ILSI Research Foundation

Photos

Social Media

Revisit the Conversation!

Protected Production of Fruits and Vegetables for Nutrition Security in Urban and Peri-Urban Environments, co-organized by the ILSI Research Foundation and the World Bank’s Food and Agriculture Global Practice, used Twitter to reach a global audience. This symposium explored how protected cultivation of fruits and vegetables can be used to provide a reliable, affordable, and sustainably produced supply of these nutrient dense foods, with an emphasis on production opportunities in urban and peri-urban settings.

The ILSI Research Foundation Twitter handle is @ILSIRF. The Food and Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank handle is @WBG_Agriculture.

#ProtectedAg2018 was the preferred hashtag for the symposium.

Download the Agenda and Social Media Toolkit here.

Example Tweets

  • At the @WorldBank for the Scientific Symposium: Protected Production of Fruits & Vegetables for Nutrition Security! Enjoying talks by speakers from @ILSIRF @HortInnovLab @WBG_Agriculture @IFPRI @ICARDA @UArkansas. Live webcast: http://ilsirf.org/event/symposium2018/ #ProtectedAg2018
  • Learning more about #ProtectedAgriculture at the @ILSIRF and @WBG_Agriculture Scientifi c Symposium: Protected Production of Fruits & Vegetables for Nutrition Security! Join the conversation with #ProtectedAg2018 and watch the live webcast at http://ilsirf.org/event/symposium2018/

Tweet #ProtectedAg2018

2018 Scientific Symposium

Location

The symposium took place at the World Bank main building, which is located at 1818 H Street NW, Washington, DC.

Download the Agenda and Speaker Biographies

Watch Event Recordings on YouTube

Speakers

At A Glance Erick Fernandes, Ph.D. Morven McLean, Ph.D. Elizabeth Mitcham, Ph.D. Eija Pehu, Ph.D. Mark W. Rosegrant, Ph.D. Richard Rosen, Ph.D. Gordon Prain, Ph.D. Geeta Sethi, Ph.D. Greg Thoma, Ph.D. Juergen Voegele, Ph.D. Jacques Wery, Ph.D. At A Glance
Erick Fernandes, Ph.D.
Agriculture Global Practice,
The World Bank Group
Morven McLean, Ph.D.
ILSI Research Foundation
Elizabeth Mitcham, Ph.D.
Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture, UC, Davis
Eija Pehu, Ph.D.
ILSI Research Foundation
Gordon Prain, Ph.D.
Urban Harvest (retired)
CGIAR Global Program on Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture
Mark W. Rosegrant, Ph.D.
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Richard Rosen, Ph.D.
American Ag Energy
Geeta Sethi, Ph.D.
Agriculture Global Practice,
The World Bank Group
Greg Thoma, Ph.D.
University of Arkansas
Juergen Voegele, Ph.D.
Agriculture Global Practice,
The World Bank Group
Jacques Wery, Ph.D.
International Center for Agricultural Research
in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Erick Fernandes, Ph.D.

As Global Lead - Technology, Innovation and Climate Smart Agriculture at the World Bank Group, Dr. Erick Fernandes is focused on designing and managing climate resilient landscapes across the World Bank's agriculture investments portfolio with cross cutting linkages to the environment, urban-rural-social, and water investments. His professional career has been dedicated to facilitating global food security, sustainable livelihoods for farmers, and the conservation of natural resources and ecosystems services to ensure the equitable and sustainable development of societies globally. Dr. Fernandes has 35 years of agriculture and natural resource management experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia. He holds a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Quantitative Biology & Analytical Biochemistry from Hertfordshire University (England), a BSc in Forestry from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland), and a PhD in Soil Science & Agronomy from North Carolina State University (USA).

Morven McLean, Ph.D.

Dr. Morven A. McLean is the Executive Director of the non-profit International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Research Foundation, where she works with a dedicated team on multi-sectoral, interdisciplinary scientific and capacity building programs that span agriculture, nutrition and the environment.

Dr. McLean first joined the ILSI Research Foundation in in 2009 as Director of the Center for Environmental Risk Assessment, and in 2013 was additionally appointed lead for sustainable agriculture and nutrition security across the ILSI organization internationally. She has held the position of Chief of Canada’s Plant Biotechnology Office, the federal regulatory authority for the assessment and release of genetically modified plants, and was President of AGBIOS, a consultancy that works internationally with governments, non-governmental organizations, and the public and private sectors on issues of policy and regulation pertaining to genetically modified foods, crops, and forest tree species. Dr. McLean has served as a technical expert on biotechnology risk assessment, regulation and policy for many organizations, including the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Bank, the United States Agency for International Development, the United National Environmental Program and the Secretariat to the Convention on Biological Diversity, as well as many national governments.

Dr. McLean received her B.Sc. (Agriculture) from McGill University, M.Sc. in environmental biology from the University of Guelph, and Ph.D. in molecular plant virology from the University of British Columbia. She completed her post-doctoral training with Agriculture and Agri-food Canada’s Vancouver Research Station.

Elizabeth Mitcham, Ph.D.

Dr. Elizabeth Mitcham is director of the Horticulture Innovation Lab, a $37 million program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and managed by the University of California, Davis.  As program director, she develops and manages a portfolio of 24 agriculture development projects in Africa, Southeast Asia and Central America, with research topics spanning the horticultural value chain. The Horticulture Innovation Lab’s global research network advances fruit and vegetable innovations, empowering smallholder farmers to earn more income while better nourishing their communities.

As a scientist, Dr. Mitcham is an internationally renowned expert in postharvest physiology, with an emphasis on reducing food loss and maintaining produce freshness after harvest. She previously served as director of the University of California's Postharvest Technology Center, where she remains an active researcher.  Through her career, Mitcham has shared her expertise with professionals and farmers from more than 50 countries. Mitcham currently serves as the Vice President-Elect for the International Division of the American Society for Horticultural Sciences (ASHS) and was previously honored as the ASHS Outstanding International Horticulturist. Mitcham joined the UC Davis faculty in 1992 as a UC Cooperative Extension specialist, and holds degrees in horticulture from the University of Maryland (Ph.D. and B.S.) and North Carolina State University (M.S.).

Eija Pehu, Ph.D.

Dr. Eija Pehu joined the Agriculture Global Practice of the World Bank in 2000 as an Advisor on Science, Technology, and Innovation. She led the department’s program on agricultural research and innovation and was the anchor of the Gender in Agriculture Program of the World Bank until her retirement in April 2016. Dr. Pehu continues to consult in agricultural innovation.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Dr. Pehu was a Professor of Agronomy and the Head of the Department of Plant Production at the University of Helsinki and the founder and science director of two start-up companies in the Helsinki Science Park.  She earned her Ph.D. in Horticulture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and her M.Sc. degree from the Department of Crop Production, University of Helsinki with her field work conducted in Tanzania and India.

Dr. Pehu has published extensively in biotechnology of crops, and also in tropical agriculture and international development. Her major interests in development are institutional designs of national innovation systems.  In all her development work, she brings in gender issues. Dr. Pehu was honored with a Distinguished Women Leader Award from Virginia Polytechnic Institute for her outstanding achievements in intellectual leadership and mentoring of young professionals.

Mark W. Rosegrant, Ph.D.

Dr. Mark W. Rosegrant is a Research Fellow Emeritus in the Director General's Office (DGO) of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Prior to joining DGO, he was director of IFPRI's Environment and Production Technology Division. With a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, he has extensive experience in research and policy analysis in agriculture and economic development, with an emphasis on water resources and other natural resource and agricultural policy issues as they impact food security, rural livelihoods, and environmental sustainability. He currently directs research on climate change, water resources, sustainable land management, genetic resources and biotechnology, and agriculture and energy.

He is the author or editor of 12 books and over 100 refereed papers in agricultural economics, water resources, and food policy analysis. Dr. Rosegrant has won numerous awards, such as Outstanding Journal Article (2008), Quality of Communications Award (2004), and Distinguished Policy Contribution Award(2002) awarded by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (formerly American Agricultural Economics Association); and Best Article Award (2005) from the International Water Resources Association. Dr. Rosegrant is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

Richard Rosen, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard Rosen spent his early years in the greenhouse and florist business, first as laborer and ultimately as grower and buyer at Harry Quint Greenhouses. Later, he began his professional career at Abt Associates advising federal government agencies, and while at Abt he was instrumental in formulating the Clean Water Act. He founded a series of energy and environmental operating businesses, serving in a variety of roles including CEO, Chief Engineer, Chief Scientific Officer, President, Consultant, Chairman and Director. ERCO Petroleum Services designed and constructed fluidized beds for clients such as Clorox, Tennessee Valley Authority, Tenneco, Combustion Engineering, and others. ERCO was sold to NL Industries and its laboratory affiliate was sold to Corning. Advanced Energy Technology commercialized equipment developed at the University of Texas to measure physical properties of the earth’s subsurface including resistivity for use in oil, gas and geothermal exploration. AET was ultimately merged into its Japanese venture partner, Nishon Iwa. Dr. Rosen has extensive experience building operating facilities including one to remodel landfills using a patented technology and a manufacturing system to recycle rubber for use in a variety of industrial applications.

Dr. Rosen earned a Master’s Degree in Forest Science and a Ph.D. in Engineering from Harvard University.

Gordon Prain, Ph.D.

Dr. Gordon Prain is a consultant who advises CGIAR Centers on issues related to rural and urban food systems and food security, gender and the institutional and social dimensions of agricultural change. Most recently he was Leader of Social, Nutrition and Innovation Sciences at the International Potato Center with a research focus on the contribution of root and tuber crops to food resilience in different types of agri-food systems, including as climate-smart horticultural crops in cereal-based systems in South Asia and contributing to diversification and greater resilience of agri-food systems in hillside and highland communities.

He earlier spent 10 years as the Global Coordinator for the CGIAR Program on urban and peri-urban agriculture known as Urban Harvest, which undertook collaborative R&D in and around cities of the Global South to strengthen vegetable and livestock systems and address environmental and policy challenges. As part of this work, he participated in the Global Horticulture Initiative and was an active contributor to the Global Horticulture Assessment. In all, he has more than 30 years of experience working in participatory, interdisciplinary teams across multiple sectors to support improved livelihoods for rural and urban households. He holds a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the University of Cambridge, UK.

Geeta Sethi, Ph.D.

Dr. Geeta Sethi is Adviser and Global Lead – Food Loss and Waste for Agriculture Global Practice at the World Bank. She has more than 16 years of experience working as an economist on fragile, low-, and middle-income countries. Her work has focused on issues of rural development, service delivery and intergovernmental fiscal policies in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, and Honduras.

Dr. Sethi has delivered many lending programs to the World Bank Board as well as published books and articles in referenced journals on issues relating to rural labor markets, trade policy and fiscal decentralization. Previously, she worked as the Program Manager for GAFSP and was Lead Economist with the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management unit in the Latin American and Caribbean Vice Presidency of the World Bank. She has an MBA and Ph.D. in Economics.

Greg Thoma, Ph.D.

Dr. Greg Thoma is the Director of Research for the University of Arkansas Resiliency Center and Bates Teaching Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Arkansas. He served as inaugural Director for Research of The Sustainability Consortium. He has led numerous food and agriculture life cycle assessment projects: milk, cheese, milk delivery systems, yogurt, swine, poultry, corn, and beef. He serves on the steering committee for the Swiss National Research Program, “Healthy Nutrition and Sustainable Food Production.”

He is the North American subject editor for Agriculture for the International Journal of Lifecycle Assessment, and has served on the scientific/technical/organizational committee for numerous international LCA conferences. He has been active with the Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) Partnership since its inception acting as the Technical Advisory Group Lead/Co-lead for development of the poultry, swine, and large ruminants’ guidelines. He is currently serving on the nutrient cycling and biodiversity technical advisory groups.

Juergen Voegele, Ph.D.

Dr. Juergen Voegele was appointed Senior Director of the World Bank's Food and Agriculture Global Practice on July 1, 2014.  In this role, he provides leadership on the Bank’s lending and knowledge activities spanning issues such as climate-smart agriculture, agriculture policy reform, food and nutrition security, and agriculture value chain development.

Dr. Voegele is chair of the CGIAR System Council Board, which oversees agricultural research programs tackling poverty, food and nutrition security, and improved natural resource management around the world. Since 2016, Dr. Voegele has served as co-chair of the Global Future Council of the World Economic Forum. He is also a member of the EAT Foundation Advisory Board since May 2017.

Since joining the World Bank in 1991, Dr. Voegele has held a number of assignments, chairing the Agriculture and Rural Development Sector Board as well as the Environment Sector Board, leading the Agriculture Unit in China, the Agriculture and Rural Development Unit of the Europe and Central Asia Region, and the Agriculture and Rural Development Department of the World Bank (later recast as the Agriculture and Environmental Services Department).

Dr. Voegele holds a Ph.D. in Agriculture Engineering and a Masters in Agriculture Economics from the University of Hohenheim, in Germany.

Jacques Wery, Ph.D.

Dr. Jacques Wery is Deputy Director General for Research at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), having assumed this role in May 2018.

He was formerly Professor of Agronomy and Agricultural Systems in Montpellier SupAgro, one of the components of Montpellier University. He graduated as Ingenieur Agronome (M.Sc.) in Agronomy and Mediterranean Agriculture in 1980, after which he obtained his Ph.D. in Crop Physiology in 1983 and his Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches at the University of Montpellier in 1996. He has supervised 26 Ph.D. students and published 109 papers in international journals, as well as books on crop physiology, cropping systems design, and agricultural systems modelling. He created in 2001 and chaired until 2010 a research unit (UMR System with INRA and CIRAD) on functional analysis and design of Cropping Systems, with an emphasis on perennial and multispecies systems (intercropping, relay cropping, and agroforestry). Between 2005 and 2009, he was a board member of the Seamless project on integrated modelling of agricultural systems. Between 2009 and 2018, he was the Executive Secretary of the European Society for Agronomy and is, since 2015, the chair of the Farming Systems Design network on methodologies for analysis and design of agricultural systems. He created in 2012 and chaired until 2018 AgroSYS, a joint venture between SupAgro and five private companies to support the design of sustainable agricultural systems through capacity building of students and professionals.

[post_title] => Scientific Symposium: Protected Production of Fruits and Vegetables for Nutrition Security in Urban and Peri-Urban Environments [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => symposium2018 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-08-06 18:24:47 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-08-06 18:24:47 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://ilsirf.org/?post_type=event&p=4566 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => event [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 4917 [post_author] => 65 [post_date] => 2018-01-02 21:32:36 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-01-02 21:32:36 [post_content] => [post_title] => OECD Task Force on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => oecd-task-force-on-the-safety-of-novel-foods-and-feeds-2018 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-01-04 21:30:34 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-01-04 21:30:34 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://ilsirf.org/?post_type=event&p=4917 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => event [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 4919 [post_author] => 65 [post_date] => 2018-01-02 21:40:15 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-01-02 21:40:15 [post_content] => [post_title] => OECD Working Group on the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => oecd-working-group-on-the-harmonisation-of-regulatory-oversight-in-biotechnology-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-01-02 21:51:36 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-01-02 21:51:36 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://ilsirf.org/?post_type=event&p=4919 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => event [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 3225 [post_author] => 11 [post_date] => 2017-08-10 18:43:03 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-10 18:43:03 [post_content] => Overview Program More Information Overview

Building off the Phase I three-day technical training program held in August in Bogor, Indonesia, the ILSI Research Foundation organized a five-day training program at the Stine Haskell Research Facility in Wilmington, DE to observe how food and feed safety assessment data is collected in the laboratory.

Program

The training featured sessions on:     

  • Laboratory and Vivarium Safety
  • Testing Proteins for Toxicity
  • Data Analysis and Statistics
  • Regulatory Testing Strategy
  • Molecular Characterization
  • Analytical Chemistry/Composition Analysis
  • Allergenicity
  • Bioinformatics
  • Transformation Laboratory Tour
  • Microscopy Laboratory Tour

This project is supported by a grant from the USDA’s Emerging Markets Program.

More Information

To learn more about the ILSI Research Foundation’s program on GE food and feed safety, click here.

To learn about Phase I in Indonesia in August 2017, click here.

To read the outcomes from a similar two-phased, food/feed safety program we conducted in India in 2014, click here.

Feedback

Find out what participants are saying about Phase II: 

100% of survey responders found the workshop useful in their current position

“This workshop was very useful for my position as a member of the technical team for feed safety assessment.”

“The information provided in the workshop was important for me as a member of the feed safety assessment team.”

“It helped me gain a more comprehensive understanding on technical aspects of biosafety assessment leading to hopefully a more scientifically sound judgement when evaluating dossiers.”

100% of survey responders found the length of the workshop was just right

As a complement to in-person training, participants were encouraged to take food safety e-Learning courses as part of this program.

“As an introduction before training, it made it easy to understand and follow most of the topics presented during the workshop.”

“The e-Learning course was very excellent to prepare for the course and widen the knowledge before the course.”

“It gives participants basic concepts and understandings and facilitated receiving advanced materials given in the workshop.”

100% of survey responders would recommend this workshop to others

“All presentations were very relevant with our need for food/feed safety assessment… simple but so clear and easy to understand.”

“Very interesting and useful topics.”

“All the equipment for experiments are excellent.”

 “Very useful because we can see the real testing and facilities.”

Learn more about the ILSI Research Foundation’s program on GE food and feed safety.

View the Program

Learn about Phase I in August 2017. 

Phase I [post_title] => Phase II: GE Food/Feed Safety Assessment Training [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => phase2delaware2017 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-11-30 20:17:37 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-11-30 20:17:37 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://ilsirf.org/?post_type=event&p=3225 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => event [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 5 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 8440 [post_author] => 65 [post_date] => 2018-08-21 20:03:34 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-08-21 20:03:34 [post_content] =>

Dr. Andrew Roberts will be co-chairing the scientific session: Advances in Molecular Biology as Relevant to Food Technology alongside Dr. Michael Knowles at the 19th World Congress of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST2018).

IUFoST2018 brings together researchers, academics, professionals, policymakers, food scientists, and private sector representatives to exchange ideas, share innovations, showcase new research, and discuss policy issues. Global developments in all the facets of food science and technology will be showcased through over 60 parallel scientific sessions, with more than 250 speakers participating. ILSI, ILSI India, ILSI Europe, and ILSI North America are also participating in the event.

Scientific Session: Advances in Molecular Biology as Relevant to Food Technology

Overview Abstracts Speakers Overview

Abstracts

History and Context for Food Safety Assessment of Foods Derived from Genetically Engineered Plants
Dr. Andrew F. Roberts, ILSI Research Foundation

When genetically engineered plants were being developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s, food safety regulators were faced with a unique challenge.  Prior to this point risk assessments for foods focused on the presence of chemical and microbial contaminants while the foods themselves were considered to be safe.  But in response to public policy initiatives to require pre-market safety assessment for novel foods, assessors had to develop a paradigm for assessing the safety of whole foods for the first time.  This presentation will walk through some of the landmark early documents that developed the paradigm which has since been incorporated into the Codex Alimentarius Guideline for the Conduct of Food Safety Assessment of Foods Derived from Recombinant-DNA Plants (CAC/GL45-2003).

Food Safety Assessment for Genetically Engineered Plants in South Asia
Dr. Vibha Ahuja, Biotech Consortium India Ltd.

Foods derived from genetically engineered (GE) plants are widely consumed across many countries. In 2017, GE plants were grown by 24 countries in approximately 190 million hectares and imported by additional 43 countries for food and feed use. Countries in South Asian region are in varying stages of development and use of  GE plants. National biosafety frameworks and guidelines for food safety assessment are in place in these countries to regulate activities involving GE plants and derived food/feed products. Authorizations for the use of GE plants/foods are currently made at the national level. Regional harmonization for safety assessment guidance will ensure that foods derived from GE plants in any South Asian  country will meet the standard for safety, preventing disruptions to trade, ensuring the safety of foods for travelers between countries, and building a foundation for regional recognition of food safety authorizations, in future

Methods for the Detection, Identification, and Quantification of GM-Material in Food.
Dr. Lalitha R. Gowda, CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (retired)

Consequent to global commercialization of genetically modified (GM) crops, these crops and their products have been regulated by many countries requiring market traceability and labeling above an established threshold. The success of any regulatory and labeling scheme depends upon the efficiency with which a genetically modified material can be reliably detected and quantified. Detection of GMOs is focused on either identifying the altered gene(s) or their proteins product(s). The methods rely either on the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to amplify the transgene sequence(s), or on immunological methods (primarily ELISA, the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) to bind to the transgene gene product(s). Both methods have their place and are both qualitative and quantitative. These molecular techniques form the foundation for GMO analyses. Owing to the increase in number and divergence of GMOs developed and commercialized, most GM detection laboratories now predominantly apply initial PCR based screenings followed by (when appropriate) more specific PCR based identification and quantification. Before PCR techniques can be used by official authorities in routine analysis, they must be validated. The potential and practicality of PCR for GM material detection are discussed in the light of actual legislation and of the constraints imposed by food production and processing.

*The authors of these abstracts declare no conflict of interest, in terms of scientific, financial, and personal.

Speakers

Dr. Michael Knowles
Governing Council Member, IUFoST

Dr. Michael Knowles is a pharmacist and medicinal chemist who spent the first half of his career with the UK Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food where he became Chief Scientist (Fisheries & Food) and Under-Secretary, Head of the Food Science Group. The latter half of his career he spent with The Coca-Cola Company, eventually becoming Vice-President of Global Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, from which he retired in 2013. He is a Fellow of several scientific societies, former Global President of the International Life Sciences Institute, a Liveryman of the Society of Apothecaries, London, and a Freeman of the City of London. His scientific publications are mainly in the area of food safety, and he is joint-founding editor of the Journal of Food Additives and Contaminants. He has been a member and/or chaired scientific and regulatory committees in EU food and drink trade associations, and he is the past-Chairman of the Board of the European Technology Platform, “Food for Life,” and a member of IUFoST’s Governing Council.


Dr. Andrew Roberts
Deputy Executive Director, ILSI Research Foundation

Dr. Andrew Roberts is the Deputy Executive Director of the ILSI Research Foundation, where he is responsible for programs addressing environmental risk assessment and food safety assessment for biotechnology. Prior to joining the Research Foundation, Dr. Roberts worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in several different capacities, all related to the regulation of agricultural biotechnology.


Dr. Vibha Ahuja
Chief General Manager, Biotech Consortium India Ltd.

Dr. Vibha Ahuja holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology and is an expert on biosafety and regulatory aspects, particularly with reference to genetically modified organisms, having more than 25 years of experience. She is experienced in issues related to the Indian biosafety regulatory framework and has been part of formulation and dissemination of guidelines. She has been actively involved in capacity building initiatives in the country and throughout South Asia.


Dr. Lalitha R. Gowda
Former Chief Scientist, CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute

Dr. Lalitha R. Gowda obtained her Ph. D in Biochemistry from Baylor University, Texas, USA and had post-doctoral training at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, UK. Her research and teaching career spans over 35 years in the areas of structural biology of plant proteins, food science, detail-focused analytical food safety, and a solid understanding of food safety regulations. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of FSSA(I), and Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) under the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change.

[post_title] => 19th World Congress of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST2018) [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => iufost2018 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-08-28 19:13:17 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-08-28 19:13:17 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://ilsirf.org/?post_type=event&p=8440 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => event [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 18 [max_num_pages] => 4 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => 1 [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => [is_category] => [is_tag] => 1 [is_tax] => [is_search] => [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => [is_robots] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => a44de51df5c995f8cf63ecd74aa4fa4a [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => query_vars_hash [1] => query_vars_changed ) [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => init_query_flags [1] => parse_tax_query ) )

Crop Health and Its Global Impacts on the Components of Food Security

This article attempts to develop a framework that would enable assessment of the impacts of plant diseases, referred collectively to as crop health, on food security via its components. Given the number of components and interactions at play, a systems modelling approach is required to address the functioning of food systems exposed to plant disease risks.

Read more

WP_Query Object
(
    [query] => Array
        (
            [post_type] => publication
            [posts_per_page] => 5
            [type] => 
            [area] => Food Safety, Drug Safety, Water Quality/Safety
            [committee] => 
            [authors] => 
            [showtitle] => false
            [meta_query] => Array
                (
                    [relation] => AND
                    [0] => Array
                        (
                            [relation] => OR
                            [0] => Array
                                (
                                    [key] => _ilsi_area
                                    [value] => food-safety
                                    [compare] => =
                                )

                            [1] => Array
                                (
                                    [key] => _ilsi_area
                                    [value] => drug-safety
                                    [compare] => =
                                )

                            [2] => Array
                                (
                                    [key] => _ilsi_area
                                    [value] => water-quality-safety
                                    [compare] => =
                                )

                        )

                )

            [tax_query] => Array
                (
                )

            [paged] => 1
            [meta_key] => _ilsi_date
            [orderby] => meta_value
            [order] => DESC
        )

    [query_vars] => Array
        (
            [post_type] => publication
            [posts_per_page] => 5
            [type] => 
            [area] => Food Safety, Drug Safety, Water Quality/Safety
            [committee] => 
            [authors] => 
            [showtitle] => false
            [meta_query] => Array
                (
                    [relation] => AND
                    [0] => Array
                        (
                            [relation] => OR
                            [0] => Array
                                (
                                    [key] => _ilsi_area
                                    [value] => food-safety
                                    [compare] => =
                                )

                            [1] => Array
                                (
                                    [key] => _ilsi_area
                                    [value] => drug-safety
                                    [compare] => =
                                )

                            [2] => Array
                                (
                                    [key] => _ilsi_area
                                    [value] => water-quality-safety
                                    [compare] => =
                                )

                        )

                )

            [tax_query] => Array
                (
                )

            [paged] => 1
            [meta_key] => _ilsi_date
            [orderby] => meta_value
            [order] => DESC
            [error] => 
            [m] => 
            [p] => 0
            [post_parent] => 
            [subpost] => 
            [subpost_id] => 
            [attachment] => 
            [attachment_id] => 0
            [name] => 
            [static] => 
            [pagename] => 
            [page_id] => 0
            [second] => 
            [minute] => 
            [hour] => 
            [day] => 0
            [monthnum] => 0
            [year] => 0
            [w] => 0
            [category_name] => 
            [tag] => 
            [cat] => 
            [tag_id] => 
            [author] => 
            [author_name] => 
            [feed] => 
            [tb] => 
            [meta_value] => 
            [preview] => 
            [s] => 
            [sentence] => 
            [title] => 
            [fields] => 
            [menu_order] => 
             => 
            [category__in] => Array
                (
                )

            [category__not_in] => Array
                (
                )

            [category__and] => Array
                (
                )

            [post__in] => Array
                (
                )

            [post__not_in] => Array
                (
                )

            [post_name__in] => Array
                (
                )

            [tag__in] => Array
                (
                )

            [tag__not_in] => Array
                (
                )

            [tag__and] => Array
                (
                )

            [tag_slug__in] => Array
                (
                )

            [tag_slug__and] => Array
                (
                )

            [post_parent__in] => Array
                (
                )

            [post_parent__not_in] => Array
                (
                )

            [author__in] => Array
                (
                )

            [author__not_in] => Array
                (
                )

            [ignore_sticky_posts] => 
            [suppress_filters] => 
            [cache_results] => 1
            [update_post_term_cache] => 1
            [lazy_load_term_meta] => 1
            [update_post_meta_cache] => 1
            [nopaging] => 
            [comments_per_page] => 50
            [no_found_rows] => 
        )

    [tax_query] => WP_Tax_Query Object
        (
            [queries] => Array
                (
                )

            [relation] => AND
            [table_aliases:protected] => Array
                (
                )

            [queried_terms] => Array
                (
                )

            [primary_table] => wp_5_posts
            [primary_id_column] => ID
        )

    [meta_query] => WP_Meta_Query Object
        (
            [queries] => Array
                (
                    [0] => Array
                        (
                            [key] => _ilsi_date
                        )

                    [1] => Array
                        (
                            [0] => Array
                                (
                                    [0] => Array
                                        (
                                            [key] => _ilsi_area
                                            [value] => food-safety
                                            [compare] => =
                                        )

                                    [1] => Array
                                        (
                                            [key] => _ilsi_area
                                            [value] => drug-safety
                                            [compare] => =
                                        )

                                    [2] => Array
                                        (
                                            [key] => _ilsi_area
                                            [value] => water-quality-safety
                                            [compare] => =
                                        )

                                    [relation] => OR
                                )

                            [relation] => OR
                        )

                    [relation] => AND
                )

            [relation] => AND
            [meta_table] => wp_5_postmeta
            [meta_id_column] => post_id
            [primary_table] => wp_5_posts
            [primary_id_column] => ID
            [table_aliases:protected] => Array
                (
                    [0] => wp_5_postmeta
                    [1] => mt1
                )

            [clauses:protected] => Array
                (
                    [wp_5_postmeta] => Array
                        (
                            [key] => _ilsi_date
                            [compare] => =
                            [alias] => wp_5_postmeta
                            [cast] => CHAR
                        )

                    [mt1] => Array
                        (
                            [key] => _ilsi_area
                            [value] => food-safety
                            [compare] => =
                            [alias] => mt1
                            [cast] => CHAR
                        )

                    [mt1-1] => Array
                        (
                            [key] => _ilsi_area
                            [value] => drug-safety
                            [compare] => =
                            [alias] => mt1
                            [cast] => CHAR
                        )

                    [mt1-2] => Array
                        (
                            [key] => _ilsi_area
                            [value] => water-quality-safety
                            [compare] => =
                            [alias] => mt1
                            [cast] => CHAR
                        )

                )

            [has_or_relation:protected] => 1
        )

    [date_query] => 
    [request] => SELECT SQL_CALC_FOUND_ROWS  wp_5_posts.ID FROM wp_5_posts  INNER JOIN wp_5_postmeta ON ( wp_5_posts.ID = wp_5_postmeta.post_id )  INNER JOIN wp_5_postmeta AS mt1 ON ( wp_5_posts.ID = mt1.post_id ) WHERE 1=1  AND ( 
  wp_5_postmeta.meta_key = '_ilsi_date' 
  AND 
  ( 
    ( 
      ( mt1.meta_key = '_ilsi_area' AND mt1.meta_value = 'food-safety' ) 
      OR 
      ( mt1.meta_key = '_ilsi_area' AND mt1.meta_value = 'drug-safety' ) 
      OR 
      ( mt1.meta_key = '_ilsi_area' AND mt1.meta_value = 'water-quality-safety' )
    )
  )
) AND wp_5_posts.post_type = 'publication' AND (wp_5_posts.post_status = 'publish' OR wp_5_posts.post_status = 'graded' OR wp_5_posts.post_status = 'not_graded') GROUP BY wp_5_posts.ID ORDER BY wp_5_postmeta.meta_value DESC LIMIT 0, 5
    [posts] => Array
        (
            [0] => WP_Post Object
                (
                    [ID] => 2942
                    [post_author] => 11
                    [post_date] => 2017-03-24 16:18:44
                    [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-24 16:18:44
                    [post_content] => 
                    [post_title] => Crop Health and Its Global Impacts on the Components of Food Security
                    [post_excerpt] => 
                    [post_status] => publish
                    [comment_status] => closed
                    [ping_status] => closed
                    [post_password] => 
                    [post_name] => crop-health-and-its-global-impacts-on-the-components-of-food-security
                    [to_ping] => 
                    [pinged] => 
                    [post_modified] => 2017-04-14 12:54:58
                    [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-14 12:54:58
                    [post_content_filtered] => 
                    [post_parent] => 0
                    [guid] => http://ilsirf.org/?post_type=publication&p=2942
                    [menu_order] => 0
                    [post_type] => publication
                    [post_mime_type] => 
                    [comment_count] => 0
                    [filter] => raw
                )

            [1] => WP_Post Object
                (
                    [ID] => 2582
                    [post_author] => 11
                    [post_date] => 2017-02-01 13:40:53
                    [post_date_gmt] => 2017-02-01 13:40:53
                    [post_content] => 
                    [post_title] => A Review of the Food and Feed Safety of the EPSPS Protein
                    [post_excerpt] => 
                    [post_status] => publish
                    [comment_status] => closed
                    [ping_status] => closed
                    [post_password] => 
                    [post_name] => a-review-of-the-food-and-feed-safety-of-the-epsps-protein
                    [to_ping] => 
                    [pinged] => 
                    [post_modified] => 2017-04-18 12:42:56
                    [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-18 12:42:56
                    [post_content_filtered] => 
                    [post_parent] => 0
                    [guid] => http://ilsirf.org/?post_type=publication&p=2582
                    [menu_order] => 0
                    [post_type] => publication
                    [post_mime_type] => 
                    [comment_count] => 0
                    [filter] => raw
                )

            [2] => WP_Post Object
                (
                    [ID] => 2587
                    [post_author] => 11
                    [post_date] => 2017-02-01 13:45:47
                    [post_date_gmt] => 2017-02-01 13:45:47
                    [post_content] => 
                    [post_title] => A Review of the Food and Feed Safety of the Cry1Ab Protein
                    [post_excerpt] => 
                    [post_status] => publish
                    [comment_status] => closed
                    [ping_status] => closed
                    [post_password] => 
                    [post_name] => a-review-of-the-food-and-feed-safety-of-the-cry1ab-protein
                    [to_ping] => 
                    [pinged] => 
                    [post_modified] => 2017-04-18 12:44:43
                    [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-18 12:44:43
                    [post_content_filtered] => 
                    [post_parent] => 0
                    [guid] => http://ilsirf.org/?post_type=publication&p=2587
                    [menu_order] => 0
                    [post_type] => publication
                    [post_mime_type] => 
                    [comment_count] => 0
                    [filter] => raw
                )

            [3] => WP_Post Object
                (
                    [ID] => 2588
                    [post_author] => 11
                    [post_date] => 2017-02-01 13:49:27
                    [post_date_gmt] => 2017-02-01 13:49:27
                    [post_content] => 
                    [post_title] => A Review of the Food and Feed Safety of the Cry1Ac Protein
                    [post_excerpt] => 
                    [post_status] => publish
                    [comment_status] => closed
                    [ping_status] => closed
                    [post_password] => 
                    [post_name] => a-review-of-the-food-and-feed-safety-of-the-cry1ac-protein
                    [to_ping] => 
                    [pinged] => 
                    [post_modified] => 2017-04-18 12:45:28
                    [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-18 12:45:28
                    [post_content_filtered] => 
                    [post_parent] => 0
                    [guid] => http://ilsirf.org/?post_type=publication&p=2588
                    [menu_order] => 0
                    [post_type] => publication
                    [post_mime_type] => 
                    [comment_count] => 0
                    [filter] => raw
                )

            [4] => WP_Post Object
                (
                    [ID] => 2589
                    [post_author] => 11
                    [post_date] => 2017-02-01 13:51:55
                    [post_date_gmt] => 2017-02-01 13:51:55
                    [post_content] => 
                    [post_title] => A Review of the Food and Feed Safety of the PAT Protein
                    [post_excerpt] => 
                    [post_status] => publish
                    [comment_status] => closed
                    [ping_status] => closed
                    [post_password] => 
                    [post_name] => a-review-of-the-food-and-feed-safety-of-the-pat-protein
                    [to_ping] => 
                    [pinged] => 
                    [post_modified] => 2017-04-18 12:46:08
                    [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-18 12:46:08
                    [post_content_filtered] => 
                    [post_parent] => 0
                    [guid] => http://ilsirf.org/?post_type=publication&p=2589
                    [menu_order] => 0
                    [post_type] => publication
                    [post_mime_type] => 
                    [comment_count] => 0
                    [filter] => raw
                )

        )

    [post_count] => 5
    [current_post] => -1
    [in_the_loop] => 
    [post] => WP_Post Object
        (
            [ID] => 2942
            [post_author] => 11
            [post_date] => 2017-03-24 16:18:44
            [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-24 16:18:44
            [post_content] => 
            [post_title] => Crop Health and Its Global Impacts on the Components of Food Security
            [post_excerpt] => 
            [post_status] => publish
            [comment_status] => closed
            [ping_status] => closed
            [post_password] => 
            [post_name] => crop-health-and-its-global-impacts-on-the-components-of-food-security
            [to_ping] => 
            [pinged] => 
            [post_modified] => 2017-04-14 12:54:58
            [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-14 12:54:58
            [post_content_filtered] => 
            [post_parent] => 0
            [guid] => http://ilsirf.org/?post_type=publication&p=2942
            [menu_order] => 0
            [post_type] => publication
            [post_mime_type] => 
            [comment_count] => 0
            [filter] => raw
        )

    [comment_count] => 0
    [current_comment] => -1
    [found_posts] => 11
    [max_num_pages] => 3
    [max_num_comment_pages] => 0
    [is_single] => 
    [is_preview] => 
    [is_page] => 
    [is_archive] => 
    [is_date] => 
    [is_year] => 
    [is_month] => 
    [is_day] => 
    [is_time] => 
    [is_author] => 
    [is_category] => 
    [is_tag] => 
    [is_tax] => 
    [is_search] => 
    [is_feed] => 
    [is_comment_feed] => 
    [is_trackback] => 
    [is_home] => 1
    [is_404] => 
    [is_embed] => 
    [is_paged] => 
    [is_admin] => 
    [is_attachment] => 
    [is_singular] => 
    [is_robots] => 
    [is_posts_page] => 
    [is_post_type_archive] => 
    [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => 12afdd7d6661f5c2d1a7b5765b563bca
    [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => 
    [thumbnails_cached] => 
    [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => 
    [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array
        (
            [0] => query_vars_hash
            [1] => query_vars_changed
        )

    [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array
        (
            [0] => init_query_flags
            [1] => parse_tax_query
        )

)