Boundaries, territory and public controversy: the GM debate re-materialised

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In the UK, public debate about the science and applications of plant genetic modification (GM) recently re-surfaced in a conflict between researchers and protesters over a field of experimental wheat crop. Protesters threatened to destroy the crop in a mass action, while researchers and pro-GM campaigners rallied to the defence of this corner of the countryside in a bid to ‘defend science’ itself.1 Yet on the day of the proposed action the protesters were kept at a distance from the heavily policed field. In this short essay we consider the spatiality of this debate – its boundaries, territories, transgressions – and explore the significance of this particular controversy for the wider public debate and for geographers' engagement with knowledge controversies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249–251
Number of pages3
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013

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