It was ten years ago that the GM (genetically modified) food debate was reaching its peak. The campaigns on both sides were acrimonious and full of recriminations. But then UK consumers voted with their wallets and purses, and suddenly menus and packets were decorated with the phrase “Free from Genetically Modified ingredients”. It looked consumer power had won the day.
However, 2012 has put the GM debate back in the centre of the stage. The largely state funded Rothamsted Research facility in Harpenden has planted a genetically mofied field of wheat. The argue that we cannot feed the world and that we need new strains and varieties of wheat which offer better resistance to clamtic conditions and pests. To advance this research they are conducting the UK’s first GM crop field in several years.
A new campaign group Take the Flour Back has begun a campaign to stop this trial and prevent further trials from taking place. You can watch their campaign video below.
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Of course, there are two sides to every story and the Guardian recently encouraged the two sides to talk via series of open letters – we’ll yet you be the judge but here at BuyVertue towers we won’t be buying any GM food any time soon.