25 March 1998
Genetic crops ‘threaten wildlife’

GOVERNMENT advisers warned that fields of genetically engineered crops could lead to the starvation of wildlife such as birds and insects which rely on weeds and weed seeds.

The Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment is worried that cereal fields and their borders will be even more weed-free than they are with modern intensive farming techniques.

It published is fourth annual report yesterday reflecting members concern that the public is baffled and fearful about genetic engineering.

  • The Independent 25/03/98 page 9