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.
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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9:45 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.
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
15:30 Summary and close
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