04 March 1999
GM crops may poison ladybirds

SCIENTISTS have sparked fresh concern about the safety of genetically modified (GM) crops on Britains wildlife.

Research has suggested the lifespan and fertility of ladybirds could be reduced dramatically by poisoning their food chain.

The Scottish Crop Research Institute carried out the research.

The latest study will fuel calls for a ban on the commercial growing of GM crops until detailed research on their effects on the environment has been completed, says The Guardian.