Biotech Updates

UK MP Calls for Food Innovation Center

February 11, 2011

George Freeman, member of U.K. Parliament and chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Science and Technology said that there is potential for agricultural research and life sciences sector in Norfolk that would benefit from a food innovation center.

"The recent Foresight report into food security identified a clear need to support and encourage our agricultural research and food science sectors. Producing more agricultural outputs with fewer inputs is one of the biggest challenges facing us in the 21st century, and, through world-leading independent crop research centers, Britain is well-placed to play a key role in addressing that challenge and the economic benefits this will entail," Freeman said.

Freeman urged the industry and research community to explore setting up a specific technology innovation center. "With leadership and collaboration, our food sciences industry can be a major driver of economic growth over the next decade and East Anglia is extremely well placed to benefit from this," he added.

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