GM Crops are Good for Us:
Professor Conrad Lichtenstein, Chair of Molecular Biology at Queen Mary, University of London; Professor Vivian Moses, a researcher in biochemistry and microbiology; and Kerry Preete, Vice President of Monsanto's U.S. Crop Production Business, spoke for the motion.
Dr. Sue Mayer, Executive Director of GeneWatch UK; The Rt Hon Michael Meacher MP; and Devinder Sharma, award-winning journalist, writer, thinker, and researcher respected for his views on food and trade policy, spoke against the motion.
The debate, held on March 22, 2004, was chaired by Peter Sissons, who, after 14 years with the BBC, has become one of the best-known faces on British TV.
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