GM Public Debate Briefings

The 'GM Nation?' public debate was organised by the UK Government in 2003. It lasted only 6 weeks but, astoundingly, over 600 meetings were held up and down the country. From small meetings in village halls to 200 seat venues in cities, local councils and various groups organised to help make the debate work. The Central Office of Information (COI) sent out about 70,000 feedback forms and 36,557 were returned.

GM Nation? was a novel approach to public participation in the decision making process and, despite sometimes being critical of the process, many organisations and members of the public were willing to get involved. It is hoped that lessons can be learned from 'GM Nation?' to aid any future process.

The briefings below were designed specifically for 'GM Nation?' but, the main issues are still relevant today.

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