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APPG chair welcomes UK sign-up to global sustainable food coalition

APPGSTA

24 June 2022

Julian Sturdy MP, chair of the APPG on Science and Technology in Agriculture, has warmly welcomed yesterday’s announcement by Defra that the UK has become a signatory to the US-led Sustainable Productivity Growth Coalition (SPG), a global initiative which aims to use technology and innovation to improve agricultural productivity in an environmentally sustainable way.

Health and welfare benefits of gene editing in livestock highlighted at All-Party Group meeting

APPGSTA

12 May 2022

Precision breeding technologies such as genome editing (GE) can help accelerate the development of major health and welfare boosting traits such as PRRS resistance in pigs and bird flu resistance in poultry, as well as sexing applications to avoid the need to cull male chicks or dairy calves, a cross-party group of MPs and Lords has heard.

As the world emerges from a global pandemic, amid mounting concerns over food security, and with global demand for meat protein set to double by 2050, leading figures spanning the entire livestock research and production chain - from the veterinary, genetic science, breeding and farming sectors - told the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Science and Technology in Agriculture last month that it would be unethical not to embrace the potential of technologies such as gene editing to help improve sustainable, high-welfare production in farmed animals.

NRP BRIEFING - Gene Editing Statutory Instrument

APPGSTA

1 March 2022

Briefing document prepared by Norwich Research Park asking MPs and Lords to support a Statutory Instrument (The Genetically Modified Organisms (Deliberate Release) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2022) to facilitate field trial research of gene edited crops.

NEWS RELEASE - APPG chair leads Westminster Hall debate on improving national food security
while protecting the environment

APPGSTA

23 February 2022

Earlier this week, Julian Sturdy MP led a parliamentary debate calling for the government to support ‘sustainable intensification’ in British farming, to produce more food in the UK without damaging the environment.

Westminster Hall Debate - Sustainable Intensification and Metrics in Agriculture

APPGSTA

22 February 2022

FULL SPEECH - Julian Sturdy MP introduces a Westminster Hall debate on the subject of 'Sustainable Intensification and Metrics in Agriculture,' highlighting concerns raised during recent meetings of the Group about a shift away from science- and evidence-based policy-making within Defra, and towards an over-reliance on voluntary and campaigning NGOs to support the Government’s vision of sustainable agriculture.

Westminster Hall Debate - Sustainable Intensification and Metrics in Agriculture

APPGSTA

22 February 2022

BRIEFING - Julian Sturdy MP introduces a Westminster Hall debate on the subject of 'Sustainable Intensification and Metrics in Agriculture,' highlighting concerns raised during recent meetings of the Group about a shift away from science- and evidence-based policy-making within Defra, and towards an over-reliance on voluntary and campaigning NGOs to support the Government’s vision of sustainable agriculture.