From the Conference
This conference was held on 12 Nov 2008 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster, London.
Defra Ministers recently declared their support for the use of GM crops and given opponents a year to come up with proof that they are harmful.
Yet, a major scientific study, the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD), questioned the relevance of GM to food security and has called for a shift to agro-ecological food production.
But will that be enough? Is it possible to feed a growing population on a planet of finite and diminishing resources? Leading researchers and practitioners examined this question, together with the claims and counter claims about the potential and limitations of GM cropping, and the status of agro-ecological alternatives.
With the support and participation of charitable foundations, academics, researchers, NGOs, farmers and policy makers from the UK and abroad this conference brought a wide and challenging perspective to questions and issues that are too often mired in cliché and propaganda.