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Feeding Seven Billion - Biotechnology, Intellectual Property and Twenty First Century Crops

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  • UserChair: Professor Christopher Gilligan, University of Cambridge; Speakers: Dr Derek Byerlee, Professor Ian Crute and Professor Jack Kloppenburg
  • ClockMonday 26 November 2012, 19:00-21:00
  • HouseKings Place, London.

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What is the relative role of private industry and publicly-funded research in promoting agro-biotechnologies? •Is technological innovation the primary way to address the challenge of food security? •What are the strategic priorities of the biotechnology industry? •Might the utilisation of agro-biotechnologies limit other options for agrarian reform? •What is the impact of GMOs on food safety and seed security? Is there a necessary trade off between these two concerns?


Professor Christopher Gilligan

Chair, Cambridge University Strategic Initiative in Global Food Security; Professor of Mathematical Biology, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge


Dr Derek Byerlee Chair, Standing Panel on Impact Assessment, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. Chief Author of the World Bank World Development Report 2008 Agriculture for Development.

Professor Ian Crute Chief Scientist, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. Lead Expert Group for the UK Foresight project on Food and Farming Future

Professor Jack Kloppenburg University of Wisconsin. Distinguished environmental sociologist and award winning author of First the Seed: The Political Economy of Biotechnology.

This talk is part of the Cambridge Global Food Security series.

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