Response to DEFRA Consultation on ‘The regulation of genetic technologies’

by Adrian Ely, Erik Millstone, Dominic Glover, Alice Livingston Ortolani, Andy Stirling, Sung Kyu Kim, Michael Hopkins, David Eggleton, Ruth Segal, Katerina Psikaridou and Divya Sharma Response to the Defra consultation on the regulation of genetic technologies, submitted in March 2021. Download (PDF)

Three ways of understanding social transformations to sustainability

This knowledge brief was published by the International Science Council’s Transformations to Sustainability programme. Download this briefing The enormity, complexity and urgency of the global targets enshrined in the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are widely acknowledged. However, even with calls for transformations to sustainability resounding around the globe, it is often…

Future pathways for genome editing in agriculture: public policies, public debates, public goods

This policy briefing was published by the GEAP3 Policy Hub Download this briefing  Genome editing belongs to a category of cutting-edge modern technologies that have assumed a totemic importance for some politicians and policy advisors as, urged on by futurologists and business executives, they contemplate the emerging disruptions of the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ (4IR). Other technologies…

Genome editing in agriculture: regulation in the United Kingdom after Brexit

This policy briefing was published by the GEAP3 Policy Hub Download this briefing Genome editing, also known as gene editing, is a technique of genetic engineering that involves the alteration of an organism’s genetic structure by adding, deleting, changing or replacing individual nucleotides or sequences of DNA. Genome editing techniques, especially a tool known as CRISPR,1…

Genome editing: the politics of regulation in the European Union

This policy briefing was published by the GEAP3 Policy Hub Download this briefing Genome editing, also known as gene editing, is a technique of genetic engineering that involves the alteration of an organism’s genetic structure by adding, deleting, changing or replacing individual nucleotides or sequences of DNA.¹ Genome editing includes several different methods and tools, which…

Genome editing in agriculture: issues for policy and regulation

This policy briefing was published by the GEAP3 Policy Hub Download this briefing Genome editing, also known as gene editing, is a technique of genetic engineering that involves the alteration of an organism’s genetic structure by adding, deleting, changing or replacing individual nucleotides or sequences of DNA. Genome editing includes several different methods and tools,…

Agricultural policy-making in Kenya: why must smallholder farmers’ agency be made central?

Policy Brief, Relational Pathways project Smallholder farming in Kenya is key to the country’s food security and economy. Small farms account for 75% of the total agricultural output. Yet smallholder farmers’ agency has been largely neglected in the five decades of post-colonial agricultural policy-making in Kenya. The same policies have attempted to heavily restructure smallholder…

Transformative innovations start with the social and political, not technology hardware and finance

Transformative innovations start with the social and political, not  technology hardware and finance: lessons from Lighting Africa and MECS MECS Briefing paper, September 2019 The international community has signed up to ambitious goals to tackle the dual problems of energy access and climate change. The UN’s Sustainable Energy for All aims to achieve universal energy…

Bridging the gaps in understandings of uncertainty and climate change

Often there is a wide gap between how uncertainty is understood and experienced from ‘below’ by the lived experiences of local people, how it is conceptualised and represented from ‘above’ by climate scientists and experts and how the ‘middle’ – civil society, NGOs, academics – can  potentially function as brokers between the ‘below’ and ‘above’….

Brighton & Hove’s Farmland: Potentials for a more local and ecological food supply

Download (PDF) The City of Brighton & Hove has made impressive progress toward improving access to healthy and sustainable food for its residents. Recent research and consultations have indicated a great potential for farmland surrounding Brighton & Hove to be used to further this progress. Much of the farmland surrounding the city is owned by…