Horizon: Jimmy’s GM Food Fight

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?"

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’.

59pm 23rd December

BBC 2 Horizon: Jimmy's GM Food Fight. Full version available on the BBC iplayer until 08:59pm 23rd December

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Guide to streamed media 2 – GMOs

April 23, 2007

BioethicsBytes Guides to Streamed Media 2: Genetic Modification

This is the second BioethicsBytes Guide offering background information and worksheets for use alongside video clips streamed on the BBC website.  The subject this time is Genetic Modification, of plants, but also wider applications of the same technology to make other genetically modified organisms (GMOs).


Guide to streamed media 1 – PGD

March 22, 2007

BioethicsBytes Guides to Streamed Media 1: Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

With a growing amount of excellent material for teaching about bioethics available as streamed media, we are writing a series of guides to some of the clips we feel are most helpful.  Each guide offers background information on the issue, as well as some structured activities based around the clips which we hope offer potential for ‘off the shelf’ use.

The link above takes you to our first guide, on Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), in pdf format.  Comments and suggestions gratefully received.