GM crops debated

The much debated topic of genetically modified (GM) crops is the subject of discussion at the Food Integrity and Traceability Conference (ASSET 2014) at the Queen’s University, Belfast, Ireland today.

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The conference, which highlights current and emerging threats to the integrity of the food chain, will be attended by a panel of international food experts who will argue the pros and cons of GM crops.

Owen Brennan, CEO of the Devenish Group, the Belfast-based global agri-technology company and Prof Klaus Ammann from the University of Bern will be speaking in favour of GM crops, while Dr John Fagan, CEO of Annapurna Global, a leading authority on sustainability in the food system, and Dr Michael Antoniou, an expert in genetic engineering at King’s College London will oppose GM.

According to research in Ireland, 11% of consumers check food labels for information on GM, compared with 3% who check for organic content and 2% who check for allergy advice.

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