Monday, 18 May 2009

GM CROPS: JUNE LAUNCH

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member

On June 10 the STEPS Centre is launching a Biotechnology Research Archive and a new paper on Bt Cotton by Dominic Glover at a free event in London.

The STEPS Centre Biotechnology Research Archive will span over a decade of substantive, evidence-based research. A series of core projects, supported by DFID, the ESRC and the Rockefeller Foundation among others, provide the foundation of the archive. But there will be much else besides, with some early work stretching back to the early 1990s, and recent work focusing on contemporary experiences with GM crops across the world. The archive will go live on June 10 on the STEPS Centre website

On the same day, a new Working Paper by Dominic Glover, post-doctoral fellow at Wageningen University, on the Bt Cotton experience in India will be launched at an event in Parliament entitled GM Crops and the Global Food Crisis, part of the IDS Dangerous Ideas in Development series.

Speaking alongside Glover will be Erik Millstone, SPRU Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex and STEPS Centre food and agriculture co-convenor and Peter Newell, University of East Anglia.

Entrance to the event is free - starting at 6pm in Committee Room 17, Palace of Westminster - and you can book a place by emailing Charlie Matthews at IDS on c.matthews@ids.ac.uk

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