Linking policy with science in food and agriculture - innovation, regulation and transparency



Start Date:

Wednesday 27th January


27 January 2016, London, UK


Guest of Honour: Professor Ian Boyd, Chief Scientific Advisor, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs


This seminar will be a timely opportunity to discuss the future development of science in agricultural production and its impact on UK farming.


Delegates will examine the re-assessment of regulations governing the production of GMOs in light of the EU voting to allow member states greater flexibility on whether to allow the production of GM crops on their territories, and clarification of banning procedures and regulations.


Further sessions will evaluate calls by the UK Science and Technology Select Committee (STC) to move towards risk-based assessments of new foods and techniques of food production, as well as recommendations made in the STC's 5th report on techniques for crop improvement.


Discussion will also look at the future of nanotechnology and cloned meat in food production after MEPs call for a moratorium on authorization procedures, as well as wider debate about the future of science and technologies in improving food security and the sustainability of agricultural production.


We are delighted that Professor Ian Boyd, Chief Scientific Advisor, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has agreed to deliver keynote address at this seminar.


Professor Peter Gregory, Chair, Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP); Dr Helen Ferrier, Chief Science and Regulatory Affairs Adviser, National Farmers Union; Dr Julian Little, Public and Government Affairs Manager, Bayer CropScience; Peter Melchett, Policy Director, The Soil Association; Sir Roland Jackson, Executive Chair, Sciencewise and Paul Wilkinson, Chair, National Skill Academy for Food and Drink Manufacturing have also agreed to speak.


Baroness Parminter, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on the Environment has kindly agreed to chair this seminar.



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