IFIC Foundation's Food Biotechnology: A Communicator's Guide to Improving Understanding Now Translated into French, Bahasa Indonesian, and Vietnamese

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(Washington, D.C.) — The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation recently released its “Food Biotechnology: A Communicator’s Guide to Improving Understanding, 3rd Edition” (Guide) in English, and now is making it available in French, Bahasa Indonesian,  and Vietnamese, with additional languages to be released in the near future.  

The Guide provides health professionals, food and nutrition stakeholders, government officials, journalists, and others a variety of tools to help them communicate about the science and benefits of food biotechnology, which can be a complex and emotional topic for some consumers. In addition, discussions of the benefits of the technology are often missing from the public dialogue, leading to a one-sided portrayal of food biotechnology.

“As the population of our planet grows from 7 billion today to 9 billion in 2050, stakeholders from a variety of nations, including Indonesia and Vietnam, are focused on the important role of food biotechnology in fulfilling the resulting increase in food demand of their own citizens and people around the world,” said Kimberly Reed, Executive Director of the IFIC Foundation.

“We are pleased to provide the IFIC Foundation’s ‘Food Biotechnology: A Communicator’s Guide to Improving Understanding’ in multiple languages as a helpful, science-based resource that will provide critical balance to the ongoing dialogue on food biotechnology across the globe,” said Reed.

Like the English version, the latest translated versions of the Guide were made possible with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service and include useful tools, such as:

  • Key messages and a menu of science-based supporting points on food biotechnology as it relates to food safety, consumer benefits, sustainability, and feeding the world;
  • A customizable PowerPoint presentation, “The Role of Biotechnology in Our Food Supply,” available for download at www.foodinsight.org/foodbioguide.aspx; and
  • Guidelines to help communicators work effectively with journalists and bloggers on food biotechnology stories.

Electronic versions of the fully translated Guide in French, Bahasa Indonesia, and Vietnamese  and other resources are available at: http://www.foodinsight.org/Default.aspx?tabid=1481

In the months ahead, the Guide will be translated into additional languages including Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, and Spanish. Check www.foodinsight.org/foodbioguide.aspx, for the latest information on translations and updates.

The International Food Information Council Foundation is dedicated to the mission of effectively communicating science-based information on health, nutrition, and food safety for the public good. The IFIC Foundation is supported primarily by the broad-based food, beverage and agricultural industries. Visit http://www.foodinsight.org.