Fresh Produce Consortium debate GM issue today

'Is UK horticulture ready and willing to use GM?', 'Would UK consumers accept GM produce?' and 'Is GM the solution for ensuring future food security and reducing pesticide use?'.

These are some of the questions to be covered in an industry debate led by the Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) on GM technology and its potential for horticulture on Tuesday 8 June at the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera), York.

 Dr Julian Little, chair of the Agricultural Biotechnology Council, will present the current situation regarding GM technology and its use globally. 

 An alternative view will be given by John Clarke, member of the Soil Association.

Chief executive of the FPC Nigel Jenney said: "It's important for the fresh produce industry to be up to speed with developments in the use of GM technology overseas and for FPC to encourage a meaningful debate on the potential for GM in horticulture."

"We're hoping to encourage an open and lively debate with contributions from across the industry."

 The debate forms part of FPC's technical group meeting and will be followed by a guided tour of the state of the art facilities at Fera, covering plant and crop protection, food chain safety, environmental risk assessment and crisis response.

The event takes today at the Sand Hutton Suite, Lakeside Conference Centre, Fera, York YO41 1LZ.


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