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The Future is up for Debate at Alltech’s 2012 Symposium

[Lexington, KY] –The SMART debate at Alltech’s 2012 Symposium will be a dynamic conversation about what’s in store for the future of the world. Alltech’s 28th Annual International Symposium will be held May 20 – 23 in Lexington, Ky.

“This is our fourth annual debate and promises to be the most compelling, with a hard hitting and no-holds barred discussion of the real challenges facing the food and feed industries,” said Aidan Connolly, vice president of Corporate Accounts at Alltech.

Panelists on the SMART debate will be CEO of Concern, based in Ireland, Tom Arnold; Dr. Marcus Vinicius Pratini de Moraes, former minister of Brazil’s agriculture and food supply; Tom Dorr, CEO of Grains Council in Washington, DC; and senior lecturer in business economics at Cranfield University in the United Kingdom, Sean Rickard.

Topics of the debate will include:

  • How will we feed 9 billion people?
  • Is Africa the new Brazil? What are the implications of the land grab in Africa?
  • Water-The fight for natural resources
  • Protecting the rainforests
  • Educating urbanites about agriculture
  • Dealing with groups hostile to agriculture
  • Solutions for obesity
  • What ‘local’ really means

Looking to 2050’s burgeoning population, Alltech’s 2012 Symposium will focus on ideas for better use of resources, improved business practices and natural nutritional solutions. New in 2012, breakout sessions will include legal, marketing, information technology and designer food in addition to the popular aquaculture, beef, dairy, equine, poultry, pig, pet and regulatory-focused offerings.

The event is expected to draw more than 2,500 delegates from around the world, making it the industry’s largest symposium. To secure your place at the 2012 Alltech Annual International Symposium, visit or contact One day rates for Monday and Tuesday are $200 a day, with Wednesday’s session being $125.
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