Farmers debate GM issue with region's scientists Jun03
Khanbhai, Conservative Euro MP for the East of England, hosted a
Biotechnology in Agriculture seminar at the John Innes Centre in Norwich
to give farmers and members of the general public an opportunity to
question a panel of leading experts on the science of GMOs.
panel was made up of scientists from the region's leading academic and
research institutions including the British Society of Plant Breeders, NFU,
Broom's Barn Research Station, the John Innes Centre and the University of
Cambridge. The event was attended by over 80 delegates, including
conventional and organic farmers, environmentalists and members of the
on the debate, Mr Khanbhai said:
is a highly emotive subject, yet the debate produced a successful and
informative discussion and both participants and panellists left with a
better understanding of the issues associated with the introduction of GM
technology into farming.
thing remains clear however - there are many misconceptions on both sides
of the debate and these will persist until the Government provides farmers
and consumers with more information based on science and the experience of
farmers in countries outside Europe so that they can make informed
decisions on the subject of GMOs."