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Public confused over GM foods

07 July 1998
Public confused over GM foods

MOST members of the public visiting the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) stand at the Royal Show support some GM techniques – but would not buy GM products.

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Public confused over GM foods

07 July 1998
Public confused over GM foods

By Jonathan Riley

MOST members of the public visiting the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) stand at the Royal Show support some GM techniques – but would not buy GM products.

This showed that public opinion was confused, but turning against GM foods, according to a spokesman for the organic farming promotion body, the Soil Association. The associations campaign to have the UK declared a GM-free zone was a winnable battle, he said.

Soil Association director Patrick Holden said, that aside from the dangers involved in GM food production, GM techniques were unnecessary.

“The argument that we need to feed the world with these crops doesnt stack up. We are already capable of producing more grain than we need. It is politics and not yields that stop us from distributing grain to developing countries.

But BBSRC cell biologist Paul Lazarieu claimed that attempts to establish northern Europe as an anti-GM outpost were pointless because the battle to keep GMs out of Britain had already been lost.

“Millions of hectares of GM wheat are already grown in China, and the best way to ensure public safety is not to try and wash our hands of the issue, but to try and ensure that the UKs stringent GM control procedures are adopted globally,” said Dr Lazarieu.

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Public confused over GM foods

07 July 1998
Public confused over GM foods

MOST members of the public visiting the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) stand at the Royal Show support some GM technoques – but would not buy GM products.

    Read more on:
  • News

Public confused over GM foods

07 July 1998
Public confused over GM foods

By Jonathan Riley

MOST members of the public visiting the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) stand at the Royal Show support some GM technoques – but would not buy GM products.

This showed that public opinion was confused, but turning against GM foods, according to a spokesman for the organic farming promotion body, the Soil Association. The associations campaign to have the UK declared a GM-free zone was a winnable battle, he said.

Soil Association director Patrick Holden said, that aside from the dangers involved in GM food production, GM techniques were unnecessary.

“The argument that we need to feed the world with these crops doesnt stack up. We are already capable of producing more grain than we need. It is politics and not yields that stop us from distributing grain to developing countries.

But BBSRC cell biologist Paul Lazarieu claimed that attempts to establish northern Europe as an anti-GM outpost were pointless because the battle to keep GMs out of Britain had already been lost.

“Millions of hectares of GM wheat are already grown in China, and the best way to ensure public safety is not to try and wash our hands of the issue, but to try and ensure that the UKs stringent GM control procedures are adopted globally,” said Dr Lazarieu.

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