Use, History and Promises, Both True and Untrue, of Genetically-Modified (GM) Crops: Reflections Post-Brexit.

Sarker, D. (Presenter)

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

Description

Abstract
As Britain prepares to leave and finally does leave the EU some topics related to imported goods become more controversial. Policies that Britain has no impact in swaying begin to impact on the UK. Genetically modified (GM) crops represent a highly topical and controversial aspect of modern agriculture and farming practices and therefore foods and food ingredients. GM food (from GM crops) has been said to represent for consumers in both the developed and developing worlds a salvation and a scourge. Certainly the “monopoly” of seeds sales and distribution has some highly ethical implications. Large organisations such as Monsanto sit right in the middle of concerns over Horizontal Gene Transfer (HGT) and unfettered unfavourable genetic characteristics going unchecked. There are concerns over, some methods used in genetic engineering, tampering with “nature”, of “super-weed” propagation and of traits, which may ultimately harm consumers, such as hidden oncogenes.
Period6 Feb 2017
Event titleFood Agendas in a Post-Brexit Future: BSUFN Annual Symposium 2017
Event typeConference
LocationBrighton, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionRegional

Keywords

  • Genetic modification
  • contamination
  • gene transfer
  • Resilience