December 8, 2008
In recent months, the debate that surrounds Genetically Modified (GM) food crops has been reignited by attempts around the world to deal with food poverty in developing countries and the ever increasing price of food across the globe (See The GM Food Debate). Concerns about both the availability and price of food has meant that people are now looking to viable agricultural alternatives to increase food production, including the potential contribution of GM technology. Jimmy Doherty (also seen on Jimmy Doherty’s Farming Heroes and Jimmy’s Farm) is a strong advocate for traditional and sustainable farming but, as he explains (Start – 00:02:00):
Jimmy Doherty "I love the way that I farm, but I am, I am a realist and I realise that the way that I produce food will not feed the world. A lot of people think that the only way to do that is to use biotechnology, GM crops and I'm not sure about that. I don't know if it is safe or not? I don't know what the consequences are? But what if the answer to feeding the hungry is using biotechnology?"
Horizon: Jimmy’s GM Food Fight is a BBC 2 programme first broadcast on 25th November 2008 at 9:00pm. There are also two clips from the programme available permanently online: ‘How to create a GM plant’ and ‘Amish farmers embrace GM crops’.
BBC 2 Horizon: Jimmy's GM Food Fight. Full version available on the BBC iplayer until 08:59pm 23rd December
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November 24, 2006
Issues at the end of life is a recent Bioethics Briefing paper written by Dr John Searle and Prof John Bryant. It covers the ethics associated with euthanasia, and with the related (but distinct) issues of the withholding or withdrawl of treatments.
September 19, 2006
Stem cells are the subject of our most recent Bioethics Briefing paper. Written by Prof John Bryant from Exeter University, the paper is intended to give background information on both the science and the ethics of stem cells.
Earlier Briefing papers on Ethics and Bioethics, Crop plants genetic modifications, Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis and Xenotransplantation can be reached via these links. The Bioethics Briefings are hosted on the website of the Centre for Bioscience, Higher Education Academy.