FEEDING THE FUTURE? THE FORESIGHT REPORT ON FOOD AND FARMING

By John Thompson and Erik Millstone, STEPS Centre Food and Agriculture Co-Convenors A new report from the UK Government-commissioned study into Global Food and Farming Futures has called for urgent action to improve food security in the UK and around the world and to avert global hunger. The Foresight report on The Future of Food…

PUBLISHED TODAY – NEW BOOK ON RICE BIOFORTIFICATION BY SALLY BROOKS

The latest in the STEPS Centre’s Pathways to Sustainability book series is published today – Rice Biofortification: Lessons for Global Science and Development by Sally Brooks. Biofortification, the enrichment of staple food crops with essential micronutrients such as iron, zinc and vitamin A – has been heralded as a uniquely sustainable solution to the problem…

MILLSTONE ON THE ETHICS OF GM CROP DEVELOPMENT

By Julia Day Under what circumstances could the trajectory of GM crop development become beneficial for poor farmers? Erik Millstone explored this idea at recent Royal Society of Chemistry meeting, entitled: Genetic modification: solution or problem? Erik’s presentation (below) asks – and answers – the key question: are the GM crops currently available, and those…

NATURE ARTICLE ON GM FROM STEPS

Ian Scoones, co-director of the ESRC STEPS Centre and Dominic Glover of the Technology and Agrarian Development Group at Wageningen University have written an article in this week’s Nature magazine (August 13) which explores the fallout of a new book on agricultural biotechnology in Africa. Scoones and Glover take a look at the Robert Paarlberg’s…

LAUNCHED TODAY! BIOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH ARCHIVE AND NEW GM PAPER

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member I am pleased to announce the launch of the STEPS Centre Biotechnology Research Archive – spanning ten years of IDS research – and a new Working Paper and briefing from Dominic Glover, Undying Promise: Agricultural Biotechnology’s Pro-poor Narrative, Ten Years On. To launch the archive and paper we are…

GM CROPS: TEN YEARS ON

By IAN SCOONES, STEPS Centre Co-director A decade ago there was much hope – and even more hype – about the potentials of GM crops. GM crops were going to feed the world, solving issues of poverty and development, seemingly at a stroke. Technologies for dealing with drought or nutrient deficits were, it was claimed,…

GM CROPS: JUNE LAUNCH

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member On June 10 the STEPS Centre is launching a Biotechnology Research Archive and a new paper on Bt Cotton by Dominic Glover at a free event in London. The STEPS Centre Biotechnology Research Archive will span over a decade of substantive, evidence-based research. A series of core projects, supported…