Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Gene editing could help tackle some of the biggest challenges we faces – around food security, climate change and biodiversity loss – and outside of the EU, we can now make the most of this opportunity.
The new plans announced today will make plant breeding more precise and efficient, helping farmers to grow crops that are more nutritious, resistant to pests and disease, and more beneficial to the environment.
This will help to support the production of healthier food while reducing impacts on the environment as we build back better and greener.