GM decisions should be based on 'real' data - Owen Paterson

At the 2013 NFU Conference the Defra Secretary said any decisions which could affect farmers’ profitability should be based on sound, scientific evidence rather than knee jerk reactions.

Speaking in relation to comments made about the restrictions on Genetically Modified (GM) crops and a potential ban on neonicotinoids, Owen Paterson said ‘real’ data had to be taken into account.

Mr Paterson said the potential ban on neonicotinoids, which could come into effect in July, would be based on lab data rather than ‘actual field data’ which is being carried out in the UK.

On imported GM animal feed, Mr Paterson said consumers were already eating ‘huge amounts of meat products which have consumed GM’.

“I fully appreciate the strong feelings on both sides of the debate,” he told the conference.

“But we shouldn’t forget that respected scientific opinion, including that of the European Commission’s own Chief Scientist, shows that GM crops pose no greater risks than conventional crops.

NFU conference 2013

  • The two-day NFU conference will take place at the ICC, in Birmingham, on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Follow it on our Farmers Guardian | NFU Conference page, where we will be posting live updates and stories and videos from the event.
  • Follow our journalists at the conference on Twitter using the #nfu13 hastag.

Readers' comments (2)

  • its sad climate sceptic owen will not get shot of neoinsecticides.

    Oh well when his grandchildren are starving and cant go out in the sun without factor 500 suncream, maybe then he will say sorry.

    short sighted and selfish and greedy

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  • So, not true at all, There are no, "NO" long term studies on GMO's and their effects and long lasting repercussions on Humanity, and the environment. These GMO companies are allowed to be self governed, and self tested. There are many lab studies yes, that are showing the effects of these genetic poisons. They are showing up in Medical situations, and in the Nutrition fields as well. They don't show up in your Farms, they show up in the real world. Species are being decimated, that are not on the farmers radar. The very essence of GMO is upside down. Changing Genetic code will be seen as one of the largest human blunders of all time.

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