The University of East Anglia announced a new master’s degree program in sustainable agriculture and food security. The course will be taught by members of the Center for Contemporary Agriculture, the Institute for Food Research and the National Institute for Agricultural Botany, among other organizations involved in progressive agriculture.

The new course is intended to educate students in advances in agriculture technology including the use of genetically modified crops to address the issue of global food security. The recently published Forsyth Report stressed the need to radically enhance efficiency of food production to cater for the projected increase in world population. Topics which will be considered in the one-year program will include irrigation, mechanization, and plant breeding including genetic modification.

"The world food crisis is almost upon us,” said professor John Turner. "Graduates of this new course will be instrumental in applying the latest scientific methods to tackle this global challenge.”