Dr. Shetty accepted an assignment with the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB), where he is focusing his efforts on promotion of U.S. agricultural biotechnology. In this connection he has traveled to a number of capitals in Asia and elsewhere to lecture on the benefits of agricultural biotechnology (i.e.., GM crops) in terms of food production and food safety for the developing world.
Intellectual property pertaining to genetically-modified crops is another area in which Dr. Shetty is making an important contribution to EB. In addition, he is the bureau’s primary adviser on food safety issues such as BSE and soy rust. In this connection, Dr. Shetty is available to other bureaus as an expert advisor on agricultural terrorism, as well as terrorist-related water and food contamination issues. He serves as the State Department representative on the USG Interagency Working Group on Biotechnology Risk Assessment. Dr. Shetty’s work is contributing to U.S. national security, regional security, advancement of U.S. AgBio exports and thus enhancement of trade and economic prosperity, greater alimentary security and capacity building in the developing world.