Interviewed by New Zealand Business Radio (NBR) on the global challenges in advancing genetic engineering, Sept. 14th 2016

Excerpt of the article written by the NBR editor, Nevil Gibson (@nevilgibson) based on my interview:

“A risk management expert says advances in medical science using genetic engineering techniques cannot be separated from their application in other areas such as agriculture.

Dr. Sweta Chakraborty, Associate Director of the Institute of Science for Global Policy in New York, was a speaker at the recent NZBio annual conference in Auckland.

She specialises in public policy issues associated with handling risk in areas such infectious diseases, food security and climate change, all of which are linked in some way.

“You cannot allow for progress in one area and not for others, such as energy, sustainability and agriculture,” she says.

Vital issues such as feeding an estimated global population of nine billion people by 2050 complicated issues must be addressed holistically.

“It is generally concluded in the scientific community that this increased population will require a 70% increase in food production and this can’t be achieved unless we apply technologies that are being expanded on today…”

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