21 November 2000
Soil Association’s ‘odd’ view on GMs

By FWi staff

THE Soil Associations dogmatic line against genetically modified technology is “extremely odd” according to a columnist in The Daily Telegraph

Matt Ridley argues that the boundary between organic and conventional production is blurring.

He says crops genetically modified to contain naturally occurring insecticide Bt have brought about huge decreases in the use of pesticides.

Yet the Soil Association refuses to certify as “organic” any grower who uses it.

Mr Ridley says: “If its concern is to reduce synthetic pesticides that reach the consumer and reduce damage to the environment without using more land or money, then genetic engineering may be the best innovation for years.”

  • The Daily Telegraph 21/11/2000 page 28