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Cultivating the Future: How Can 20 Years of GM Debate Inform UK Farm Policy?

A report by the Agricultural Biotechnology Council: ‘Cultivating the Future’ – FINAL

Agricultural Biotechnology Council

The Knowledge Hub is hosted by the Agricultural Biotechnology Council (abc). abc, comprising of six member companies, works with the food chain and research community to invest in a broad range of crop technologies – including conventional and advanced breeding techniques, such as GM. These are designed to promote the sustainable intensification of agriculture by tackling challenges such as pests, diseases and changing climatic conditions, whilst reducing water usage, greenhouse gas emissions and other inputs.

The companies are BASF, Bayer, Dow AgroSciences, Monsanto, Pioneer (DuPont) and Syngenta. Our goal is to provide factual information and education about the agricultural use of GM technology in the UK, based on respect for public interest, opinions and concerns. More information about the council can be found on their website,