Evidence matters to the public

Join us on 1st November at Parliament to make the case

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What Works Global Summit. Register now.

Putting evidence at the heart of policy and practice. 26th - 28th September.

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Plant Science Panel

Insecticides, biofuels, GMOs …

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'The Ugly Truth'

by Tracey Brown, director of Sense About Science

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Making sense of GM and making sense of chemical stories

Making Sense of GM

What is the genetic modification of plants and why are scientists doing it? Scientists and agriculturalists address some of the misconceptions concerning the development and use of genetically modified crops.


Making Sense of Chemical Stories

A briefing document for the lifestyle sector on misconceptions about chemicals. The guide flags up the more serious misconceptions that exist around chemicals and suggests straightforward ways to evaluate them. It is intended to open a conversation that promotes a stronger connection between lifestyle commentary and chemical realities.


For the record

For the record

When scientific evidence is misrepresented in the news, experts can set the record straight. 'For the record' pieces have responded to articles making dodgy science claims, ranging from junk food causing allergies, magnets easing the symptoms of menopause or that perfume can make your unborn baby infertile.

The most recent food and agriculture for the record pieces are listed below:

GM crops have increased the use of danger pesticides

Warning on sports drinks at the desk

Heart danger in diet drinks

Is fried food bad for you?

Adding salt to drinking water

A sausage a day could lead to cancer