This Week on Genetically Modified Food and More

By December 1, 2014Industry News
This Week on

Is genetically modified food safe?

Will apps and wearables take over hospitals?

Can startups and mom-and-pop shops work together?

find out This Week on

The annual John M. Templeton, Jr. Lecture on Economic Liberties and the Constitution showcases the most important thinkers and policy-makers in America as they discuss economic liberties and current issues in a forum open to the public.

This year, political scientist Charles Murray will discuss “The Founding Virtues: 1787 and 2014” and his most recent book, Coming Apart, documenting the unprecedented divergence in American classes over the last half century. Watch December 1

Philadelphia is fast becoming a hotspot for health innovation. With universities, hospitals, and business communities converging to create a vibrant health technology scene, the city provides a window into the exciting opportunities for improving health outcomes through technological solutions, from big data to apps to wearables.

Join us for a town hall event, where we will convene entrepreneurs, doctors, researchers, business leaders, patient advocates, and health officials to discuss what technology can do to enhance care and encourage healthy living. Watch December 2

Genetically modified (GM) foods were developed for a number of different reasons – to fight disease, enhance flavor, resist pests, improve nutrition, survive drought. They’re widespread in our food supply, in processed foods using corn, soybeans, and sugar beets, and as feed for farm animals. But  are they safe? Can they improve food security or the environment? Or is the world better off without GM crops? Intelligence Squared U.S. debates: Genetically Modify Food. Watch December 3

Monsanto’s Robert Fraley and Alison Van Eenennaam, genomics and biotechnology researcher at UC Davis, will argue for the motion; Charles Benbrook, research professor at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, and science policy consultant Margaret Mellon will argue against.

With today’s small business community encompassing everything from tech startups to iconic mom-and-pop stores, The Atlantic’s fourth annual Small Business Forum will explore the extraordinary diversity of small business ventures and investigate the policies that can promote – or discourage – entrepreneurship of all types. Watch December 4

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