The Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics has announced the appointment of 22 members to the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture. Among those named was Gregory Jaffe, director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s (CSPI) Biotechnology Project. CSPI is an advocacy organization that focuses on diet, nutrition and health issues.

Committee members represent the biotechnology, organic food and seed industries; farming communities; food manufacturers; state governments; consumer and community development groups; medical professionals; and academic researchers. The committee will meet up to four times a year in Washington, D.C. See Federal Register, June 30, 2011.