GM and the precautionary principle - First evidence hearing

09 October 2014

This is the first session of the Committee’s inquiry into genetically modified (GM) foods and the way in which these are regulated at European level under the precautionary principle.

The session will centre on scientific arguments concerning the use of GM in agriculture. Topics covered will include the potential risks and benefits of the technology, the European risk assessment process, the regulatory application of the precautionary principle, the need for global food security and alternative, non-GM approaches to achieving it.


The Committee meeting will take place on Wednesday 15 October 2014 at 9.45am in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 9.45am

  • Professor Ottoline Leyser, Fellow, The Royal Society
  • Professor David Baulcombe, Regius Professor of Botany, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Doug Parr, Chief Scientist and Policy Director, Greenpeace UK
  • Liz O'Neill, Director, GM Freeze

Further information

The session is open to the public on a first come, first served basis. Portcullis House is the building directly above Westminster Station, entrance to which is via Victoria Embankment.  There is no system for the prior reservation of seats in Committee Rooms.  It is advisable to allow about 30 minutes to pass through security checks.  Committee rooms and the timing of meetings are subject to change.

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