EXCLUSIVE INTELLIGENCE SQUARED U.S. DEBATE LIVE STREAM: FORA.tv to Broadcast Debate December 3: "Genetically Modify Food”

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FORA.tv will present a free live stream of an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate that questions whether or not food should be genetically modified. Arguing in favor of the motion are Robert Fraley and Alison Van Eenennaam, against are Charles Benbrook and Margaret Mellon.

WHAT: FORA.tv, the leading online destination for video programs from the world’s best conferences and events, will broadcast the Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) Oxford-style debate, “Genetically Modify Food.”

Genetically modified (GM) foods have been around for decades. Created by modifying the DNA of one organism through the introduction of genes from another, they are developed for a number of different reasons-to fight disease, enhance flavor, resist pests, improve nutrition, survive drought-and are mainly found in our food supply in processed foods using corn, soybeans, and sugar beets, and as feed for farm animals. Across the country and around the world, communities are fighting the cultivation of genetically engineered crops. Are they safe? How do they impact the environment? Can they improve food security? Is the world better off with or without GM food?

WHEN: Wednesday, December 3rd at 6:45 pm EDT

WHERE: The debate will be streamed live at intelligencesquaredus.fora.tv. The debate will be interactive with a Twitter feed following the conversation around the event. Following the live event, FORA.tv will offer the debate as a free on-demand program, and the full video and highlights will be available to share and embed.

In support of the motion:
Robert Fraley
Executive VP & Chief Technology Officer, Monsanto

Alison Van Eenennaam
Genomics and Biotechnology Researcher, UC Davis

Against the motion:
Charles Benbrook
Research Professor, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources

Margaret Mellon
Science Policy Consultant & Fmr. Senior Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists

The Moderator: John Donvan is a correspondent for ABC News. In a career that spans more than two decades for ABC News, Donvan previously served as the Chief White House Correspondent, along with postings in Moscow, London, Jerusalem and Amman.

ABOUT FORA.TV
FORA.tv is the leader in video production, online distribution and monetization services for the conference and event industry. FORA.tv helps hundreds of organizations including the Aspen Institute, the Economist, the New York Public Library, and Wired expand the audience for their events. FORA.tv has been named a Top 50 Web Site by TIME, and a Top Education Site by The Telegraph. FORA.tv is based in San Francisco. For more information, visit http://fora.tv.

ABOUT INTELLIGENCE SQUARED U.S. DEBATES (IQ2US)
Winner of the 2013 Silver Radio Award for Best Public Affairs Program and named one of the "Five Podcasts that Will Change the Way You Think" by Forbes, Intelligence Squared U.S. was founded in New York City in 2006 by Robert Rosenkranz, and has grown into an internationally syndicated series heard and watched by millions. The debates have attracted some of the world's top thinkers, including Steven Forbes, Neal Barnard, Paul Krugman, Karl Rove, Malcolm Gladwell, and Arianna Huffington. With over 80 debates, Intelligence Squared U.S. has encouraged the public to “think twice” on a wide range of provocative topics. Author and ABC News correspondent John Donvan has moderated IQ2US since 2008. The executive producer is Dana Wolfe.

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