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Director of PG Economics UK
September 20, 2012
11.30am - 1.30pm
“The global economic and environmental impact of GM crops”
Mr Graham Brookes has some 26 years’ experience in examining economic issues relating to the agricultural and food sectors. A specialist in analysing the impact of technology and policy changes, since the late 1990s, Mr Brookes has undertaken a number of research projects relating to the impact of agricultural biotechnology. This work includes annual updates of the global economic and environmental impact of GM crops, papers on co‑existence of GM and non‑GM crops, the possible impact of GM crops in a number of EU countries (eg, UK, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary), the actual impact of insect resistant maize in Spain and herbicide tolerant soybeans in Romania, GM crop market dynamics and GM rice crop developments to 2012, the impact of GMO labelling in Europe, the economic impact of GMO zero tolerance legislation and the cost to the UK economy of failure to embrace agricultural biotechnology.
Graham Brookes is an internationally renowned economist with over 25 years’ experience in undertaking research and analysis on the impact of policy, regulation and the introduction of new technology in agriculture.
Globally recognised as a leader in his field, Mr Brookes has extensively examined the socioeconomic and environmental benefits of new technologies on the agriculture and food sectors.
He has undertaken a number of research projects relating to the benefits of agricultural biotechnology. This work includes: an annual analysis of the global economic and environmental benefits of GM crops, as well as multiple peer‑reviewed papers on co‑existence of GM and non‑GM crops; the possible impact of biotech crops in a number of EU countries (eg, UK, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary); the impact of GMO labelling in Europe; the economic impact of GMO zero tolerance legislation; and the cost to the UK economy of failure to embrace agricultural biotechnology.
The production of biotech crops in Australia has attracted a great deal of attention from the media, often driven by misinformation and a lack of understanding about the science of biotechnology. Mr Brookes is a specialist in analysing the impact of technology on regional and national economies and the environment, and provides a fascinating international perspective and associated case studies on the ways in which biotechnology can assist in meeting the future challenges of global food security.
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