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Public concerns around GM crops and foods have led to national and EU policies which have placed a moratorium on the cultivation of GM crops, though not research of GM crops, or the use of GM crops in feed of farmed animals raised and consumed within the EU.
Stereotypically, the GM debate is highly polarised, comprising pro-GM biotechnologists and businesses or anti-GM groups spanning ecologists on one side, and a wide range of nongovernmental organisations and public advocacy groups on the other. What is often lost in this polarised debate is the urgent need to produce our food more sustainably, and that the most healthy food options are encouraged.
This discussion aims to avoid polarisation and enable an openminded discussion to achieve greater objectivity regarding the question: can GM crops help deliver more sustainable and resilient farm and food systems?
There will be presentations by:
- Colin Campbell, Chief Executive Officer, James Hutton Institute
- Geoff Tansey, Writer, Consultant & Trustee of Food Ethics Council
Then feedback from an expert panel comprising:
- Kathryn Green, Sustainability Manager, Linking Environment & Farming (LEAF)
- Wendy Harwood, Senior Scientist, Crop genetics, John Innes Centre
- Chris Warburton Brown, Research Coordinator, Permaculture Association
Followed by an "Open House" session: questions from the floor.
There will be a cheese and wine reception: after the end of formal discussions.