1. To briefly review the developments on the genetic modification of crops and their impact on human food consumption and the environment.
2. To identify and consider the ethical and social implications of these developments including:
(a) issues of food safety and public health
(b) issues of environmental protection
(c) the public interest and the maintenance of consumer choice and public confidence
(d) the appropriateness of the criteria used at present by regulatory bodies in the UK and in the EU
(e) the implications for less developed countries
(f) the implications of intellectual property issues
(g) the responsibilities of scientists in advising policy makers on these issues and to make recommendations.