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This conference was held on 12 Nov 2008 at the Queen Elizabeth 2nd Conference Centre, Westminster, London.

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Feeding the World
Are GM Crops Fit For Purpose? If Not, Then What?
This conference examined, searchingly and honestly, the claims and counter claims of one of the most critical issues of our time.

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? This question, together with the claims and counter claims about the potential and limitations of GM cropping, as well as the status of agro-ecological alternatives was examined by leading researchers and practitioners.

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.

This conference was organised by The Organic Research Centre in association with GM Freeze, Friends of the Earth, The Sheepdrove Trust, The Ecologist, The UK Food Group and Slow Food UK.


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