The American Meat Science Association is excited to announce Jack Bobo, Senior Advisor for Biotechnology in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB) at the U.S. Department of State, will present at the AMSA 67th Reciprocal Meat Conference (RMC) on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 in Madison, WI. His presentation “Can Agriculture Save the Planet before It Destroys It?” will discuss how in a hot, flat, hyper-connected world, social media may determine if agriculture will save the planet by 2050 or destroy it. Science and technology will likely hold the key to getting us where we need to go, but, if our media experience with GMOs and pink slime are any indication, we may be in for a bumpy ride.
Jack Bobo also serves as the Chief of the Department’s Biotechnology and Textile Trade Policy Division. He works on trade policy, food security, climate change, and development issues related to agricultural science and technology, including agricultural biotechnology.
Bobo is responsible for developing and implementing U.S. trade policy related to new agricultural technologies and working with foreign governments to address regulatory barriers to U.S. agricultural exports. He also works closely with officials from developing countries to support the development of biosafety legislation and facilitate technology transfer to increase agricultural productivity, improve food security and respond to climate change through mitigation and adaptation.
Prior to joining the State Department, Bobo practiced law at the Washington, D.C. firm of Crowell & Moring, LLP. His education includes a degree in law, a Master of Science in Environmental Science, as well as degrees in chemistry, biology and psychology. Previously, Bobo received a research fellowship in international law at Cambridge University, England, served as an advisor to the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee, and taught science in Mekambo, Gabon in Central Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer.