On April Fool’s Day you are invited to spend time listening to a pro-GM panel ‘discussing’ the precautionary principle

19 Mar

“The Precautionary Principle: can we strike a balance between risk and reward?”

When it isn’t clear whether or not an action has harmful effects to humans or the environment, applying the Precautionary Principle is advocated to avoid potential harm until there is greater certainty.

Recently it has been discussed in relation to pesticides and pollinators, and parliament is currently consulting on the precautionary principle and licensing of GM crops; however there are fears that innovation and growth could be stifled by a prolonged quest for certainty.

No prizes for guessing their conclusions

The panel will be Chaired by Professor Jim Dunwell from the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, and speakers include:

Professor Ian Boyd FSB, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Tracey Brown, Managing Director of Sense about Science (public relations – “we work to change public discussions about science and evidence”)

Professor Joe Perry FSB, Professor of Biometry at the University of Greenwich

The evening will begin and end with informal networking – checking affiliations?

The event is free, but booking is essential; to register please visit the Society of Biology’s events pages:

Date: 1 April 2014
Time: 18.00-21.00, with refreshments before and after the discussion
Location: Society of Biology, Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, London WC1N 2JU
To book: https://www.societyofbiology.org/events?event_id=424
For more information visit the Policy Lates pages on our website or email policy@societyofbiology.orgz

Society of Biology Policy Team  – www.societyofbiology.org

Society of Biology | Charles Darwin House | 12 Roger Street | London | WC1N 2JU


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