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Ethical Issues in Agriculture - workshop is a success

Professor Michael Winter participated in an EGENIS Workshop at Exeter University on Ethical Issues in Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops and the Organic Movement.
The key speaker was Professor Paul Thompson, Professor of Philosophy and of Zoololgy at the University of Toronto.  

Professor Thompson has published extensively on evolutionary theory, population genetics, mathematical modelling and theory structure in biology, philosophy of medicine, and ethics. He is a past president, and a director, of the Green Door Alliance Inc. (a registered charity, dedicated to preserving agricultural land), and has worked for many years on agricultural capacity and poverty relief in Kenya."There has been considerable public debate about food during the past two decades,” said Prof Thompson. “Advocates for organic agriculture, eating locally grown food and rejecting genetic modification abound. Although many of the claims made in support of positions on these topics allude to health, environmental and economic issues, the core of the debates is ethical and philosophical.”

Full press release

Video of Professor Paul Thompson's presentation

Video of Responses

Date: 23 February 2012

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