|26 Jan 2011||2:30pm - 4:30pm||CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge|
Dr David Nally, (University of Cambridge)
This talk examines recent advancements in ago-biotechnology and their potential to revolutionise global food system. Supporters of biotechnologies maintain that these new tools will help increase crop yields, reduce stresses associated with climate change and environmental instability, and help deliver crops that are more sensitive to the needs of vulnerable communities. In short, agro-biotechnologies claim to offer cheap health insurance for millions of poor farmers. In contrast critics claim that these technologies will transfer power to corporate agribusiness to the detriment of world’s poor. I suggest that an historical understanding of the relationship between markets and hunger is a useful way to unpack these countervailing claims.
Open to all. No registration required.
Part of the Science, Technology and Bio-Social Studies Forum (STBS) seminar series.
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