Professors Paul Birch and Ian Toth

Thursday, January 28 2016 at 7:30PM

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35 Rosemount Viaduct
City Centre, Aberdeen AB25 1NE

Professors Paul Birch and Ian Toth

What's the talk about?

The use of GM crops continues to be a topic of hot debate and last year a new EU ruling enabled individual countries within the Union to opt out of growing GM crops that have been authorised for use.

The Scottish Government have used these new EU rules to opt out of growing the currently available GM crops on the premise that growing them in Scotland could undermine Scottish food which is "internationally valued" for being produced "under clean, green and natural conditions".

But after over 20 years of successful commercial use around the world, what is holding Europe back from growing GM crops? What are their benefits and is there social and/or scientific evidence in favour or against their use? Indeed, what is a GM crop and what have scientific advances done to change the way such crops are produced?

Join Professors Paul Birch, from Dundee University, and Ian Toth from The James Hutton Institute to explore these questions and for a lively discussion on the pros and cons of GM crops.