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Professor David Baulcombe, leading a report to the Council for Science and Technology, claims: 'Most concerns about GM crops have nothing to do with the technology, which is as safe as conventional breeding.'

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Plant Biology

Understanding Plant development; Hybrid vigour; Photosynthesis to breed high-yielding crops in changing climates

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Food Landscapes

Biodiversity; Land-sparing; Water and ecosystems services; Soil management

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Infectious Diseases

Control of plant disease; Influenza-resistant strains of poultry; Food-borne zoonoses

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Modelling for Food Security

Predicting future demands for energy, land, water; Consequences of competing demands on land and sea for food, biodiversity, water, energy, climate stability

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Political Economy of Hunger and Food Supply

Drawing lessons from historical analyses of famine; Role of political structures in production & distribution of food; Archaeological & anthropological evidence for innovation

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Land Resources and Regulatory Influences

Regulatory framework for land and development; Economics of land use change; Impact of demographic &climate change on future policy drivers

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Supply Chains

Innovation in food supply; Evaluating how food crises are driven by environmental, demographic, economic or political factors

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Food and Health

Metabolism; Improving nutrition; Reducing diet-related disease

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Upcoming events

Sustainable Agriculture Development Seminar

May 12, 2014

Hughes College, Pavilion Room, Cambridge CB1 2EW

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Democracy and diversity can mend broken food systems - final diagnosis from UN right to food expert


In his final report to the UN Human Rights Council after a six-year term as Special Rapporteur, Olivier De Schutter today called for the world’s food systems to be radically and democratically redesigned.

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Read the Special Rapporteur's final report to the UN Human Rights Council


Watch the Cambridge Global Food Security public debate on Smallholder Farming, chaired by Olivier De Schutter


Watch the video recordings of the Public Debate on Smallholder Farming organised by Cambridge Strategic Initiative in Global Food Security

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Watch the video recordings of the Public Debate on Biotechnology organised by Cambridge Strategic Initiative in Global Food Security

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Read more about the Public Debate on The Right To Food organised by Cambridge Strategic Initiative in Global Food Security

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