Mexico, Israel, and Jamaica as well as a number of European countries. In addition to philosophical outlets, his work on biotechnology has appeared in technical journals including Plant Physiology, The Journal of Animal Science, Bioscience, and Cahiers d’Economie et Sociologie Rurales. He serves on the United States National Research Council’s Agricultural Biotechnology Advisory Council and on the Science and Industry Advisory Committee for Genome Canada. Dr. Thompson’s new work focuses on nanotechnology in the agri-food system. In addition to his biotechnology research, Dr. Thompson has published extensively on the environmental and social significance of agriculture. His 1992 book (with four coauthors) on U.S. agricultural policy, Sacred Cows and Hot Potatoes, was used as a textbook for U.S. Congressional agriculture staff and won the American Agricultural Economics Association Award for Excellence in Communication. He also has published a number of volumes and papers on the philosophical and cultural significance of farming, notably The Spirit of the Soil: Agriculture and Environmental Ethics (1995) and The Agrarian Roots of Pragmatism (2000). Dr. Thompson completed his Ph.D. studies on the Philosophy of Technology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook under the guidance of Don Ihde. He is married, has two grown children, and enjoys nature walks as well as playing the guitar.
Dr. Michael Walsh, Research Associate Professor, University of Western Australia
Dr. Walsh is a senior member of the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative, where his research role is focused on the development and evaluation of alternate weed control techniques. He has a B.Sc. from the University of Western Australia, an M.Sc. from LaTrobe University in Melbourne, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming. Dr. Walsh has two decades of experience in the management of herbicide-resistant weed populations. Over this period, Dr. Walsh has driven the research and development of harvest weed-seed control systems. Currently he is leading the research on the development of the Harrington Seed Destructor. Dr. Walsh grew up on a dryland cropping farm, and his early experience as a research agronomist with the Victorian state department of agriculture has developed in him a strong focus on applied research aimed at overcoming production constraints.