Raking up the facts on GM Crops

Raking up the facts on GM Crops

Over two decades since the first commercial use of genetically modified food, the debate on whether we should use these crops rages on. The US plans to remove the mandatory GM labelling on food by 2016, yet headlines often give mixed messages. So are GM crops really harmful for us?

The science behind GM’s place in modern agriculture will be discussed in a free talk at Satrosphere Science Centre in Aberdeen tomorrow (Tuesday April 22).

Professor Howard Davies, of the James Hutton Institute, will explore the truth behind the mysticism of GM organisms taking the audience on a journey to the heart of the issues today.

His talk takes place as part of the University of Aberdeen’s popular Café Controversial series and complements the European Mission Possible exhibition which will be available for visiting at Satrosphere for the last time before moving on to Austria.  

Professor Davies, who has a particular research interest in the nutritional value of crops such as GM potatoes, said: “GM crops have been much maligned since their introduction, but with a history of safe use after 20 years on the market maybe it’s time to give the guy a break?”

The Café Controversial series is coordinated by the University’s Public Engagement with Research Unit in partnership with Satrosphere Science Centre.  

The event begins at 7pm and is free to attend. Advance booking is not required.

For information on events taking place as part of the University’s Café series’ visit www.engagingaberdeen.co.uk .

Cafe Controversial is supported by a science engagement grant from the Scottish Government and the BIOPROM consortium, funded by the European Union Framework 7 programme.