Science and policy in food and agriculture - novel foods, sustainable intensification and challenges for regulation

Wednesday, 27th January 2016
Sixty One Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Dr Lucy Foster, Science Lead and Evidence Coordinator, Food and Farming, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Bringing together policymakers, regulators and key stakeholders, 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 Dr Lucy Foster, Science Lead and Evidence Coordinator, Food and Farming, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has agreed to deliver keynote address at this seminar.

Dr Penny Bramwell, Director of Science, Evidence and Research, Food Standards Agency; 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, Communications & Government Affairs Manager, Bayer CropScience; Louise Marston, Director of Innovation Policy and Futures, Nesta; Peter Melchett, Policy Director, Soil Association; Sir Roland Jackson, Executive Chair, Sciencewise; Paul Wilkinson, Chair, National Skill Academy for Food and Drink Manufacturing and Dr Yuelai Lu, Head, Secretariat of UK-China Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Network and Research Fellow, University of East Anglia have also agreed to speak.

Dr Peter Border, Biology and Health Scientific Advisor, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology and Mark Spencer MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Science and Technology in Agriculture have kindly agreed to chair this seminar.