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genetically modified insects – what is their potential?

The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee publishes its report on GM insects on Thursday 17 December.

The Committee has been investigating the use of GM insect technologies to fight infectious disease and to control agricultural pests. It’s estimated that nearly half the world’s population live in areas that put them at risk from malaria and dengue fever, while in the UK and across the globe, insect damage causes billions of pounds of agricultural losses.

But the technology now exists to render insects unable to transmit diseases, and to reduce insect populations to minimise their threat to animals and crops.

Journalists came to the SMC to hear about the issues discussed in the report, such as:

  • How effective is the underpinning science?
  • What are the risks and potential benefits? How do these compare with other approaches?
  • Is it being regulated properly both in the EU and internationally?
  • Is the science being developed to its full potential?

Roundup comments accompanied this briefing.

 

Speakers:

Lord Selborne, Chair, House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee

Lord Fox, Member, House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee

Viscount RidleyMember, House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee

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