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member of International Food Policy Research Institute and editor of “Hunger in a Global Economy.”
director of the Agriculture and Biotechnology Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists and co-author of “The Ecological Risks of Engineered Crops”
research professor at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute and co-editor of “Engineered Organisms in Environmental Settings”
Originally Aired: 11/25/1999
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