A keynote speech from environment secretary Owen Paterson, urging the widespread adoption of genetically modified (GM) science and crops in Europe, drew both praise and criticism.
Sounds to me like Owen Paterson needs to get his head out of the sand and look beyond the orthodox dogma and hype provided by the likes of Bayer and Monsanto. The Soil Association replied to his blinkered view in the plainest possible terms, saying “we need farming that helps poor African and Asian farmers produce food, not farming that helps Bayer, Syngenta and Monsanto produce profits”.
Friends of the Earth head of policy, research and science was equally dismissive of Paterson’s address. He stated clearly ... “Where GM crops are grown, they are exacerbating the very intensive farming practices that are part of the problem. Ministers musty urgently get behind a different approach to food and farming that delivers real sustainable solutions rather than peddling the snake oil that is GM!”
You can read more on the very contentious issue of GM crops in my previous posts: