It goes to the heart of the question around genetic engineering, how to introduce new technologies and how to bring new innovation to the fore. This is an important role for not just public research, but public engagement, determining the priorities for innovation and evaluating the social worth both when a new technology is being introduced or discussed and 20 years after the fact. That is why we did our evaluation of six reports in 2015. Without government tracking, for example, of where GM crops are grown and which ones are grown, how can we evaluate the benefits and the impacts thus far?
There's a lot more that could be done to engage the public, meaning farmers and consumers, in evaluating the innovations that we are using at the moment.