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Details of group meetings and other activities.


Forthcoming Meetings

Past Meetings

Feeding the nation: how innovation in the UK poultry meat industry is delivering sustainable British food

Wednesday 13 March 2024, Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster

Showcasing the role of science and innovation in the UK poultry meat industry in advancing animal welfare, sustainability and business productivity.

AGM - Gene edited strawberries and potatoes heading for England

Wednesday 6 March 2024 - Portcullis House

US biotech company Simplot Plant Sciences, part of US food group The J.R Simplot Company, presented and discussed their plans to bring longer-fruiting gene edited strawberries and higher yielding salad potatoes to the market in England following the introduction of the Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Act last year.

Harnessing the power of farm-level data

Monday 26 February 2024, Room C, 1 Westminster Street

Meeting focused on opportunities to harness the potential of farm-level data in driving improvements in sustainable, efficient food production, and including the launch of a new certification scheme aimed at giving farmers the confidence to share their data.

Enabling genetic technologies for food security

24 October 2023, Portcullis House and online

Launch of a new policy briefing on GM crops from The Royal Society.

Gene editing developments in Canada

Wednesday 14 June 2023, Room P, Portcullis House

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) recently confirmed that the products of gene editing technologies will be treated in the same way as conventionally bred. As more detailed plans are developed to implement the provisions set out in the Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Act in England, particularly in relation to food and feed marketing, the meeting provided a timely opportunity to hear from regulators and practitioners in Canada, to understand the scientific basis for their approach, what it will mean for investment and innovation in Canada’s plant breeding sector, and to discuss their handling of issues such as transparency, consumer choice, and coexistence of supply chains.

Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 16 May 2023, Meeting Room T, Portcullis House

The UK animal feed sector – innovation, sustainability and Net Zero

22 March 2023, Portcullis House

Focus on the UK animal feed sector and its economic significance not only in providing the high-quality nutrition to support a productive and efficient livestock industry, but also as a major consumer of the arable crops grown on Britain’s farms.
Guest speakers:
James McCulloch, Head of Animal Feed, Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC)
Nick Major, Corporate Affairs Director, ForFarmers
Keiran Whitaker, Founder, Entocycle
John Knight, Technical Director, SugaRich

Report launch - Moovin’ on up - (How) can we use new technologies to improve productivity on Britain’s livestock farms?

Portcullis House, Tuesday 24 January 2023

Parliamentary launch of a report by Westminster think-tank The Social Market Foundation, exploring how new precision farming technologies can be used to improve productivity on Britain’s livestock farms.

Guest speakers:
James Read, Director - Policy & Communications Lead, UK & Ireland, MSD Animal Health
Aveek Bhattacharya, Chief Economist, The Social Market Foundation
Johnny Mackey, Associate Director, Ruminants, MSD Animal Health UK

Professor Lord Trees

UK food security in a volatile world – the case for sustainable intensification in UK commodity crops

Westminster Hall, 29 November 2022

The All-Party Group has previously called on the Government to restore the policy focus on sustainable intensification – using science and innovation to optimise the balance between food production, resource use and environmental/climate impact - to meet future food needs in the context of a ‘perfect storm’ of population growth, climate change and pressure on finite natural resources. The meeting on 29 November 2022 provided an opportunity to hear first-hand what this means in practice from leading practitioners across the agri-food supply chain.

Brewing for Growth - UK-led innovation in barley

Portcullis House, 2 November 2022

Introductory remarks from Science Minister George Freeman MP were followed by presentations from expert guest speakers on the importance of UK-led research and innovation in the barley crop in driving economic growth and exports in the UK’s malting, brewing and whisky distilling sectors. The meeting included a progress update on the new International Barley Hub and the launch of a major new programme of PhD studentships in barley research and the impact this is likely to have on innovation and investment in barley-based sectors.

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