The Big Question. Toby Hodgkin, Annelie Bernhart and Dunja Mijatovic
"If food and farming research is to deliver for the public good, it must ensure that such research takes adequate account of agrobiodiversity – the diversity of crops, animals, fish and other species that are part of all production systems," say members of the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research.
The Big Question. Melanie Welham
"Research is delivering significant improvements across the agriculture and food system and providing economic and social benefits to the UK through increased productivity, improved quality and safety, increased trade and exports, and protecting the wider environment for generations to come." Melanie Welham, Chief Executive BBRSC
The Big Question. David Drew MP
"We live in a time of technological revolution, and food production and farming are no exception. Through research we can make use of new technologies... which can be labour saving, environmentally sustainable and secure." David Drew MP, Shadow Farming Minister
The Big Question. Helen Browning
"In applied research, I want the farmer/end user to be in the driving seat...For ‘blue skies’ research, the public should be involved in determining the work to be done." Helen Browning, , Organic Farmer and Council member
The Big Question. Claire Robinson
"Food and farming research has taken a wrong turn in the UK..." Claire Robinson, , Editor GM Watch
The Big Question. Professor Ralph Early
Research is required that places people and diet-related health at the heart of food and farming practices, says Ralph Early, Professor of Food Industry at Harper Adams University and Council member
The Big Question. Pat Mooney
"A few decades ago the role of research was fairly clear. It was directed to the interests of farmers and consumers. That's faded away so that most has become more a subsidy to the private sector than a benefit to citizens or producers." Pat Mooney, Former Executive Director ETC Group
The Big Question. Jonathon Porritt
Jonathon Porritt, Founder Director of Forum for the Future asks, "How can research bodies do justice to today’s short-term commercial pressures, without letting those pressures overwhelm the need for a longer-term examination of what will ‘make for success’ in 20 to 30 years’ time?"
Managing conflicts in nutrition research - a historical perspective. Marion Nestle
In this extract from her forthcoming book “Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat.” Marion Nestle, Professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University explains why history shows that pooling money into an ‘independent’ research fund doesn’t work.
Trust technology and beyond certification
October's Business Forum asked 'how can we ensure values travel across the food chain?'