20 January 1999
Dissent from ACRE report on gene crops

THE UKs Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment is about to advise the Government that there are no grounds for a ban on genetically modified (GM) food.

But Julie Hill, a member of the committee who works for an environmental group, said the review “increases rather than decreases” the uncertainties about the crops genes spreading into wild species.

Professor Alan Gray of the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, who conducted the review, said the possibility of introducing a herbicide-tolerant gene into the wild was predominantly an ethical, rather than a safety concern.

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