John A. Pickett
Picture is of a confined field trial at Rothamsted (2012), using a wheat variety genetically engineered to produce the aphid alarm pheromone. Food production must be intensified to use available and diminishing agricultural land most efficiently. To this end, current tools, including pesticides at the moment under threat without appropriate evidence, need to be defended. For the future, a more sustainable agricultural system, in terms of reduced seasonal inputs, must be researched and developed in which both crop protection and production inputs are delivered via seed, or other planting material, using breeding involving much wider crosses and particularly genetic modification (GM).