just-food.com: The British government will allow
the cultivation of genetically modified crops in the UK
despite continued public opposition, cabinet committee
papers passed to the Guardian newspaper reveal.
According to the leaked minutes, government ministers
decided eight days ago to permit the first commercial
plantings of GM maize. The notes also indicate that
the decision to move forward was made in full evidence
that the public is unlikely to be receptive.
There is a strong groundswell of opposition to the
introduction of genetically modified crops, with a string
of public opinion surveys indicating a distaste for
Nevertheless, ministers are reported to have decided
that simply upholding a ban on GM crops would be “the
easy way out” and “an irrational way for
the government to proceed,” the paper reported.
The leaked minutes of the committee meeting, which
was attended by senior cabinet ministers including foreign
secretary Jack Straw and environment secretary Margaret
Beckett, say optimistically: "Opposition might
eventually be worn down by solid, authoritative scientific