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
Online: at www.genewatch.org
By phone: call 01298 872531
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)