18 June 1999
Survey confirms GM contamination
ORGANIC crops grown close to genetically modified (GM) crops run a risk of contamination, according to a government report published yesterday (Thursday).
Dr Phil Dale, the author of the report, who works for the John Innes Centre, said the “buffer zones” around GM crops were not failsafe.
Even doubling or trebling existing buffer zones between trial GM crops and other “would certainly not eliminate the chance of contamination.”
Environmental groups were buoyed by the report, which supported their long-held view of possible cross-pollination.
The Soil Association warned organic farmers to notify the organisation if their fields were within six miles of a GM site, so they could monitor their status.
- Farmers would refuse GM crop trial, FWi, today (18 June, 1999)
- Goverment admits GM cross-pollination danger, FWi, yesterday (17 June, 1999)
- Almost half of farmers against GM crops, FWi, 16 June, 1999
- The Times 18/06/99 page 8
- The Independent 18/06/99 page 6
- Financial Times 18/06/99 page 12
- The Guardian 18/06/99 page 6
- The Daily Telegraph 18/06/99 page 7
- The Herald 18/06/99 page 5