Britain beginning to accept GM technology – Paice
THE British public is softening its views towards GM crops, according to Farming Minister Jim Paice.
Speaking at Cereals 2012 on Wednesday morning, Mr Paice said the media had adopted a ‘very balanced’ approach in its reporting of the planned attacks on the Rothamsted Research institute’s GM wheat trials at the end of May. This was thanks in parts to the efforts of Rothamsted scientists in challenging the protestors’ claims.
“I think that demonstrates that public opinion is beginning to take a more balanced view towards where GM fits into the whole technology sphere,” he said.
But he said more work needed to be by the farming and chemical industries and the scientific community to communicate the ‘full facts’ about GM crops
“GM is not the panacea and it isn’t going to produce all the food on its own but it has a role to play as long as it ism applied safely and all the tests on it its application are properly carried out.
“But yes, there is a long way to go but I do believe that the famous tanker is beginning to turn. “
During a panel debate on Wednesday morning, NFU president Peter Kendall said: “We are not saying it is the answer but what I am saying about GM crops is that it is really important that we conduct trials.”
Graeme Matravers , chair of the oil Association Farmer and Grower Board said he was ‘not opposed to GM crops per se’ but was yet to see any benefits from applications developed so far. He said GM crops had ‘caused problems all over the world’.