07 June 1999
Blair urges open mind on GM food

TONY Blair, the British prime minister, urged the public to keep an open mind about genetically modified (GM) foods in the face of widespread concern about their use.

He said it would be wrong to ban “what could be the leading science of the 21st century”. But he agreed that he could not be certain that genetic modification was the way ahead.

He insisted that Britain had one of the toughest regulatory regimes covering the field in the world.

Blair set out his position, perceived by several newspapers as being a reversal on his former pro-GM stance, when he was interviewed for a weekend television programme.

  • The Times 07/06/99 page 2
  • The Independent 07/06/99 page 11
  • Financial Times 07/06/99 page 8
  • The Guardian 07/06/99 page 1
  • The Daily Telegraph 07/06/99 page 12
  • The Herald 07/06/99 page 3