2003, just-food.com: A new report released Newcastle
University urges the UK to hold back on thier decision
to on whether or not to grow genetically modified crops
in the country. Researchers concluded there were too many
holes in available research to allow for an educated decision.
The major research report was compiled by University
academics after six weeks of debate and analysis by
two independent ‘jury’ panels. The final
document revealed that too little was known about the
future implications of growing GM crops, reported Reuters.
The UK government has said it will probably make a
decision later this year on whether or not to allow
the commercial growing of GM crops.
"We believe that the implications of GM technology
are not yet fully understood and have not been adequately
shared with the public," jury member Helen Colclough
"The jury felt that because of this, we could not
justify an unqualified green light to GM crops being
grown in the UK," she was quoted as saying by Reuters.
"The Peoples' Report on GM Crops...highlights
the jurors' concerns on issues including the impact
of GM crops on farming and the environment, food safety
and potential health effects, as well as the government's
handling of the debate," said the UK’s Consumers’
Association, which is one of the bodies behind the report.
The research was also part-funded by Anglo-Dutch food
and consumer products giant Unilever, food retailer
Cooperative Group and environmental lobby group Greenpeace.