Here in Britain, our Environment Secretary wants us all to love GM (genetically modified, genetically engineered, GE) food and feed. He’s Owen Paterson and some of us disagree with him on GM. I keep an open mind (see my ‘genetic modification’ tag.)
Mr Paterson’s a Tory; the Daily Mail sometimes publishes pro-Tory opinion. But this time, the Mail says no to Mr Paterson. In that newspaper, Sean Poulter wrote this week that ‘Eighty-five scientists have joined forces to challenge the claims of biotech giants and the UK government that GM food is safe for humans.’
Those scientists have ‘signed a joint statement which concludes: “The claimed consensus on GM organism safety does not exist.” They warn that most of the positive research has been run and paid for by biotech companies such as Monsanto, which have invested millions in trying to get the world to eat their crops.’
In other words, the task of feeding people and livestock is entrusted to huge companies. Do we want that?