Progress or Problem? Responding to Genetically Modified Food and Crops

JRI is pleased to announce the publication of Briefing Paper No. 27 by John Weaver. This is a 12 page report summarising the Environment Day Conference at Redcliffe College, Gloucester, held on 2nd March 2013. DOWNLOAD PAPER

With contributions from Joe Perry, John Weaver, Martin Hodson and Christopher Jones MBE, the conferencWeaverGMCConfe identified the technology behind what are generally termed ‘GM Crops’ and set out the global and scientific context for the debate which has ensued. The contributors explored the nature of risks arising from their use, the influence on policies across many areas from environment and ethics to business and globalisation, and the impact at the local level. Positive and negative arguments were proposed with issues of population growth and food security set alongside the ethical issues raised by the adoption of this technology. A Christian theological perspective was also presented, with a discussion encouraging a coherence to God’s wisdom.

John Weaver is the Chair of JRI and formerly lecturer in Practical Theology and the Dialogue between Christianity and Science at Oxford and Cardiff universities.