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Farmers would refuse GM crop trial

18 June 1999
Farmers would refuse GM crop trial

MOST British farmers would refuse to have a trial of genetically modified crops on their land, claims a new survey conducted by the BBCs political unit. …more…


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Farmers would refuse GM crop trial

18 June 1999
Farmers would refuse GM crop trial

By FWi staff

MOST British farmers would refuse to have a trial of genetically modified (GM) crops on their land, claims a new survey conducted by the BBCs political unit.

The results of the survey, which involved 200 farmers, show that 65% of farmers would decline to participate in a GM crop trial if asked.

But the same study found that 52.5% farmers would want to grow the crops if they were released commercially.

The study, for last nights Newsnight programme on BBC2, questioned farmers who are members of the Royal Agricultural Society of England.

When asked if they would be happy to host a GM crop trial on their land, 32.5% of respondents said yes, 65% said no and 2.5% were undecided.

Half the farmers said they were concerned that material from GM crops would contaminate their crops, 41.5% were unconcerned, and 9% remained undecided.

When asked if it would be good for UK farming if the country decided to go GM free, the split between yes and no was identical at 40%, with 20% undecided.

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