One Day Conference
Genetically Modified Crops
Issues of Public Concern



Wednesday 26th June 2002

Wortley House Hotel, Scunthorpe

The aim of the conference is to review GM seeds trial issues of public concern and facilitate an informed debate on the subject. Speakers at the conference will explore.

  • GM crops and their regulation.
  • The potential benefits of GM crops to the UK
  • The concerns posed by GM field trials on the Bio-diversity within the trial zones and the surrounding countryside.
  • The concerns of local communities in the vicinity of GM field trials.

The afternoon session will involve a public debate to identify ways of managing the general release of GM seeds that would address public concerns. The workshop session will result in a document summarising the workshop findings.

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9:15 Registration

9:45 Welcome by a Trustee of Environmental Assistance David Butler Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science at Lincoln University

9.50 Opening Address To be confirmed

10.10 A review of the regulatory procedures for authorising GM crop research and field trials and the associated public health and environmental safeguards by Dr Adrian Butt DEFRA, Biotechnology Unit.

10.35 The Deputy Chair of the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission (AEBC) Dr Julie Hill will review the history of regulation and the work of AEBC together with public consultation.

11:00 Coffee break

11.30 Why the UK needs agricultural biotechnology.

Professor Vivian Moses visiting Professor of Biotechnology at Kings College London and Chairman of the Crop Gen Panel.

12:00 Concerns about GM crops and effects on Biodiversity.

Dr Sue Mayer of Gene Watch and a member of the AEBC panel.

12:30 Concerns about GM crops from a local residents perspective.

Mrs Jean Turner a resident living within a trial zone.

13:00 Lunch

14:00 A Debate, Chaired by Councillor John Ellis. North Lincolnshire Council

It is proposed that Genetically Modified seeds offer the potential to reduce the need for weed and pesticide application on farm crops and in doing so will improve biodiversity in the future.

It is suggested that if Genetically Modified crops continue to be grown in Lincolnshire, super markets and food processors could boycott Lincolnshire food crops

15:00 Feedback

15:30 Summary and close

16:00 Finish

All contributors are doing so on a voluntary basis, this is a non-profit event; all donations are gratefully received. This conference is being sponsored by Awards for All