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email received October 8 2008

Dear Mary
 
I wonder if it is possible to publicise this forthcoming important conference ( on the Warmwell GM page) that we are organising in London next month?
These are the basic details - full details are available at the conference website - www.feedingtheworldconference.org
 
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London Conference November 12th 2008
The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre 10.30 am
Feeding the World – Are GM crops fit for purpose? If not, then what?
 
Organised by ORC in association with other UK environment and agriculture bodies such as GM Freeze, Friends of the Earth, The Soil Association, Practical Action and the Sheepdrove Trust.
 
This conference will examine, searchingly and honestly, the claims and counter claims of one of the most critical environment issues of our time.
 
Government Ministers in the UK have recently declared their support for the use of GM crops and given opponents a year to come up with proof that they are harmful. Yet the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD), has questioned the relevance of GM to food security and has called for a shift to agro-ecological food production.
 
But will that be enough? Is it possible to feed a growing population on a planet of finite and diminishing resources? This question, together with the claims and counter claims about the potential and limitations of GM cropping, as well as the status of agro-ecological alternatives will be examined by leading researchers and practitioners.
 
With the support and participation of charitable foundations, academics, researchers, NGOs, farmers and policy makers from the UK and abroad this conference brings a wide and challenging perspective to questions and issues that are too often mired in cliché and propaganda.
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Many thanks for whatever you can do.
 
Best wishes
 
Richard Sanders
The Organic Research Centre - Elm Farm

Feeding the World Conference
12 November 2008
Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre
Feeding The World... Are GM Crops fit for Purpose? If not, then what?
 
This conference will examine, searchingly and honestly, the claims and counter claims of one of the most critical issues of our time.
 

Defra Ministers recently declared support for the use of GM crops and have given opponents a year to come up with proof that they are harmful.

Yet, a major scientific study, the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD), has questioned the relevance of GM to food security and has called for a shift to agro-ecological food production.

But will that be enough? Is it possible to feed a growing population on a planet of finite and diminishing resources? This question, together with the claims and counter claims about the potential and limitations of GM cropping, as well as the status of agro-ecological alternatives will be examined by leading researchers and practitioners.

With the support and participation of charitable foundations, academics, researchers, NGOs, farmers and policy makers from the UK and abroad this conference brings a wide and challenging perspective to questions and issues too often mired in cliché and propaganda.

 
Event details

The programme so far. Full programme to follow soon. Please visit again for more updates and news.
12 November 2008. 10.30hrs - 16.30hrs. Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London SW1. Map.
Day tickets available at a supported rate of £65 including lunch, refreshments and conference pack.