People are being urged by Scotland’s new chief scientific adviser, Professor Anne Glover, to accept genetically modified (GM) food as an answer to poverty, hunger and toxic pollution. Professor Glover, herself a genetic engineer, feels that labels such as ‘Frankenstein foods’ are misleading and damaging. She also believes that the potential benefits of GM crops are “huge”.
Hugh Raven, the director of the non-profit organisation Soil Association Scotland, replied:
“There is no evidence whatever that Scottish consumers want GM products in their food supplies. If the Scottish Executive advisers can’t grasp that, in a democracy it’s not very clever to foist potentially dangerous new technologies onto reluctant consumers, God help us all.”
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