|September 10, 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.
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
"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 said.
"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 research was also part-funded by Anglo-Dutch food and consumer
products giant Unilever, food retailer Cooperative Group and environmental
lobby group Greenpeace.