Government* has been promoting a national dialogue on genetic modification (GM) issues. One part of this was a review of the science of GM, led by Sir David King (the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser) working with Professor Howard Dalton (the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), with independent advice from the Food Standards Agency.

This 'GM Science Review' has now concluded its work. It published two reports, which are available for downloading:

  • A Second Report and associated News Release on 22 January 2004

  • A First Report and associated News Release on 21 July 2003

This website now provides an archive of the work of the GM Science Review. This includes details of: its publications, Panel meetings,open meetings, contributions received on the science, comments on its First Report and general background.

The national dialogue on GM had three main strands: this GM science review, a public debate and an economics study. The activities of the strands were different but closely related.

More useful resources. takes a closer look at the matter from a farming perspective. takes a detailed look at both sites of the arguement. covers frequently asked questions.

* "Government" means the UK Government, the Scottish Executive, the National Assembly for Wales and the administration in Northern Ireland.