IEMA Book Club: Seeds of Science by Mark Lynas
IEMA Book Club returned to discuss Seeds of Science by Mark Lynas.
DEFRA is currently consulting on the future of Genetic Modification in the UK. This technique promises many benefits: higher yields (meaning more land for wildlife), fewer insect-killing chemicals, improved nutrition (especially in developing countries), and climate resilience. But many fear this technology is a cynical ploy by international corporations to tap farmers into a lifetime of debt and dependency.
The author approaches the topic from a unique perspective. He was one of the original anti-GM activists in the 1990s, taking on Monsanto and scything fields of ‘Frankenfoods’. It was one of the most successful campaigns in environmental history, effectively closing Europe to GM for a generation. But is there more the argument?
Our special event was hosted by the IEMA Republic of Ireland regional network, looking at bog restoration in Ireland.
How green is your site and could you make it more beneficial for your staff and nature? Our Midlands event welcomed guest speakers to discuss the importance of encouraging your workforce to engage with biodiversity in a way that deepens understanding and morale within your organisation.
How can we find solutions to the complex challenges that we, and our natural environment face? Our Wales webinar helped attendees gain insight and updates on the work of Natural Resources Wales, who have been developing a series of innovative Area Statements covering seven separate yet hugely diverse parts of the country.
Our Yorkshire and Humberside coffee morning looked at an introduction to biodiversity net gain (BNG) and how a minimum 10% BNG can be achieved on new development, with real project examples in the Yorkshire region.
This digital event was run by the North Wales regional group where three organisations presented on their biodiversity work and how they assist in Wildlife Preservation in North Wales.
The event helps attendees to better understand what Natural Capital, Environmental and Biodiversity Net Gain are, providing an update on the current position with respect to the 25 year plan; introduce good practice in designing development projects to follow Biodiversity Net Gain Principles, an update on DEFRA’s new Biodiversity Metric 2.0 and emerging British Standards.