GM crops and biotechnology

GM crops, Golden Rice and other related technologies polarise opinion: they are the solution to the global food crisis; or they are ‘frankenfoods’ causing irreversible environmental harm. Concerns about poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition, farmers’ livelihoods and the role of the private sector; the challenges of regulation in different settings; and how to involve the…

Against ‘monocultures’ in agriculture and knowledge

Faced with the undeniable fact of hunger in developing countries, ‘sustainable intensification’ has been claimed as a science-led solution to food security. In an article for SciDev.Net, Prof Brian Wynne (Lancaster University) and Georgina Catacora (GenØk) tear strips off the large-scale industrial model of agriculture that is supposed to feed the world, and the narrow…

‘Golden Rice’ and the GM crop debate

Golden Rice grain compared to white rice grain in screenhouse of Golden Rice plants / IRRI Guest blog by Sally Brooks, Researcher and Associate Tutor at the University of York, and former STEPS Centre member In an interview on the Radio 4 Today Programme last week, Owen Paterson, Minister for Environment, outlined his case for a…

The GM debate should not be closed down to what is rational, but opened up to multiple rationalities…. A response to Chris Whitty and colleagues

  By Stephen Whitfield, PhD student, Institute of Development Studies (Knowledge, Technology and Society Team) Genetically modified rice / BASF   In a recent commentary published in Nature, Chris Whitty (chief scientific adviser at the UK Department for International Development) and colleagues rightly argue that the (ever-rich and seemingly-unending) debate over genetically modified crops should…

RISK, COMPETITIVENESS AND SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE, INDIA

The Center for Public Policy (CPP) at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) and the STEPS Centre, with Infosys and climate3C, are hosting a conference to focus on “Risk, Competitiveness and Sustainability”, challenging companies in India to embrace ‘sustainable’ business models in order to effectively meet business, social and environmental risks. The conference is…

Getting hotter: Regulating biotechnology in India

by Ian Scoones, STEPS Centre co-director Biotechnology offers many potentials but also dangers. Regulation is clearly essential. But how, over what and with what measures is less clear. The debate about how to regulate emerging technologies associated with biotechnology is a hot one the world over. In India, it’s about to become much hotter. Photo:…

Biotech business in Bangalore: a decade of hype and hope?

By Ian Scoones, STEPS Centre co-director A decade ago, biotechnology was being hyped as the next big thing. Building on the successes of the IT sector, BT (biotech) was, it was argued, going to provide a platform for growth, innovation, job creation and more. So what happened next? Photo: Biochemical RGB by Sergei Golyshev on…

WHAT HAPPENED TO BIOTECH IN BANGALORE?

A decade ago, biotechnology was being hyped as the next big thing in Bangalore, India. Building on the successes of the IT sector, BT (biotech) was, it was argued, going to provide a platform for growth, innovation, job creation and more. So what happened next? A recent seminar (programme here) jointly convened by the Centre…

BIOTECH IN BANGALORE SEMINAR

Center for Public Policy (CPP), Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) and the STEPS Centre, are coming together with the Association of Biotechnology-Led Enterprises (ABLE) to hold a half a day seminar on ‘Biotech in Bangalore: Past Experiences Future Trajectories’.This event is sponsored by the UK-India Education Research Initiative through a grant to the STEPS…