04 September 1998
‘GM risks exaggerated’ — Royal Society

THE risks involved in the introduction of genetically modified (GM ) crops have been exaggerated, according to Sir Aaron King, president of the Royal Society.

The Royal Society argues in advice to the Government that GM crops can feed the worlds booming population. It also says there would be little point in stopping research in this country, because it would take place in others.

But the society has made a number of recommendations to ensure the development of GM crops is controlled.

It is calling for an independent regulatory body to supervise and monitor the enforcement of regulations covering the growing of such crops. It would also be responsible for wider issues such as trade and labelling.