In a speech to the Oxford Farming Conference, he is expected to say that farmers, policy makers and scientists have a duty to turn around the image of GM.
“We should not be afraid of making the case to the public about the potential benefits of GM beyond the food chain, for example, reducing the use of pesticides and inputs such as diesel,” he said.
“I believe that GM offers great opportunities but I also recognise that we owe a duty to the public to reassure them that it is a safe and beneficial innovation.”
The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is working with the Department of Science and Technology to develop new technologies to boost agricultural production. For example plant breeding and new machinery as well as GM.