10 June 1999
Cirencester abandons GM plans
By FWi staff
THE Royal College of Agriculture at Cirencester has abandoned its plans to participate in trials of genetically modified crops.
Cirencester officials were worried that the college farm would be targeted by anti-GM protesters if the proposed crop trials went ahead.
The college, whose president is the Prince of Wales, had been asked to take part in trials of GM maize and GM oilseed rape, confirmed farm manager Michael Limb.
In the end we decided not to participate for the time being, he said.
The decision not to participate in the trials was reached by the colleges senior management group
Some members of the group had voiced concern that existing rules governing farm-scale trials of GM crops were insufficient.