GM is a technology we have to adopt - Food and Drink Federation
THE UK must be bold and ‘grasp the nettle’ over GM, farming industry representatives were told at the EFFP conference in London today (Tuesday).
GM is a tool which farmers should be able to use, as they work to increase food production with less resources and in the face of increased disease pressure.
President of the Food and Drink Federation, Jim Moseley, said:
“It is unlikely that manufacturers will put their heads above the parapet on GM. But my concern from a sustainability issue and in terms of the ability of this market to grow its export business, is that GM is a technology we have to adopt.
“But we have to prove that it is safe.
“We would be encouraging the Food Standards Agency to start their evidence based debate around the safety of this technology.”
Sheila Dillon from the BBC’s Food Programme agreed safety data was ‘lacking’.
But NFU president Peter Kendall added:
“There is also not a shred of evidence to suggest that GM is not safe.”
Mr Kendall said that after such a poor harvest this year and resulting low quality crops, bio-technology would become more important as disease pressure continues to take its toll.