Gene futures: debating the use of GM crops and foods in the UK
Tuesday February 11 2003, The Royal Society of Arts, London, 9.30am - 4.30pm

A conference organised by The Five Year Freeze, Elm Farm Research Center, GeneWatch UK and Unilever, in association with the Guardian.

This conference will contribute to the forthcoming public debate on the commercialisation of GM crops in the UK. It aims to bring together key voices in the scientific, regulatory agricultural and policy communities to highlight key questions and explore the different options faced by the UK.

Payments and booking: Individuals £15 / Organisations £45

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Morning: setting the scene

• Keynote introductory speech: DEFRA Minister invited

• How well can science predict GM impacts?

Professor Barry Commoner, University of New York

Response: Professor Janet Bainbridge, chair, Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes

• GM crops: enhancing or degrading the environment?

Dr Brian Johnson, English Nature

Response: Professor Vivian Moses, CropGen

• The importance of GM crops for agriculture

Bernard Marantelli, Monsanto Europe

Response: Lawrence Woodward, Elm Farm Research Centre

• Providing choice in a global market?

Christine Drury, Unilever

Response: American Soybean Association (invited)

Afternoon – GM options for the UK and their implications

• Keynote speech: GM crops and global food security

Dr. Suman Sahai, Convenor, GeneCampaign, India

Four presentations to open the debate on whether, or under what conditions, commercialisation of GM crops should take place in the UK

• A GM free UK - Tony Juniper, director, Friends of the Earth

• Agricultural management for co-existence - Ben Gill, president, National Farmers Union

• Science and agriculture in the UK - Royal Society (invited)

• Protecting consumer choice - Michelle Childs, head of policy research, Consumers’ Association

• Closing remarks: Colin Tudge, London School of Economics (invited)

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