The GM Foods Debate

Talking of Food set up a set discussions between experts involved on both sides of the GM Foods controversy. The sessions in Norwich and Holt were chaired by John Shrive, in London, Professor Vivian Moses talked to the journalist Diane Montague. John Shrive also had a discussion with Michael Summers, an independent consultant specialising in plant breeding and biotechnology with more than 40 years international experience in the sector which you can listen to here.

Vivian Moses and Diane Montague discussing GM Foods.

In the first of Talking of Food's series of interviews and debates on genetically modified (GM) foods, agricultural journalist and author, Diane Montague, interviews Vivian Moses, Visiting Professor of Biotechnology at King's College London, and the resulting discussion sets out what GM is and what the major issues are. It is a fitting introduction to the further discussions.

Dr Rupert Read, Charlie Clutterbuck and Professor Cathie Martin at a round-table discussion on GM foods.

In the second debate of our series on GM Foods Professor Cathie Martin of the University of East Anglia and Editor-in-Chief of The Plant Cell, Dr Charlie Clutterbuck, Fellow in Food Policy, City University London; and Dr Rupert Read, Reader in the UEA School of Philosophy and Chair of the Green House think-tank. It was chaired by John Shrive. The discussion was recorded at the John Innes Centre in Norwich in December 2012.

Peter Melchett and Professor Jonathan Jones discussing GM foods under the chairmanship of John Shrive

In the third of our series of debates on GM foods, we filmed a discussion between Professor Jonathan Jones FRS of The Sainsbury Laboratory, and Peter Melchett, Policy Director of the Soil Association, outlining their opposing views on this issue. The meeting was hosted by John Shrive at Nelson House in Holt, Norfolk.