22 January 2009
18:45 - 20:30
Supporters of genetically modified foods claim we need GM technology to help feed the developing world. Are these just claims made to gain acceptance for genetic modification? Or is our choice not to buy GM food ultimately contributing to world hunger? We’ve rounded up a panel of experts to debate these important questions with you.
Find out about the solutions GM could provide in developing countries from Rodomiro Ortiz, from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre. Get the lowdown on the key elements of the food crisis from food policy expert Tim Lang.
Four hundred experts and 60 governments looked at the global problem of providing food for the future. Bob Watson, Defra Chief Scientific Adviser, headed the project. He’ll share his views on how we can meet future food needs. What role should GM play?
In Europe we are still undecided about GM technology, while many countries around the world already grow GM crops. Is GM a good option on the menu? Would you buy and eat GM if it could make a difference for developing countries? Or would you rather stay away from it and investigate other alternatives? Join the debate and share your opinions with our experts.
This event is supported by CGIAR.
This event is organised by: The Science Museum.
Bob Watson, Defra Chief Scientific Adviser
Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy, City University, London
Rodomiro Ortiz, Director of Resources Mobilisation, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT)
Facilitator: Ian Sample, Science Correspondent, the Guardian