Britain’s environment secretary says GM fear is “nonsense”
Owen Paterson, Britain’s environment secretary announced this week that health concerns about genetically modified food are “complete nonsense.” He said that Britain needs to be looking to cultivate more GM crops.
"Emphatically we should be looking at GM … I'm very clear it would be a good thing," Paterson told the Daily Telegraph in an interview.
Although he believes GM crops should be supported by the government, he acknowledged that the public would need to be persuaded. He said he was confident the prime minister would find the right time to publically back GM food. He stressed that GM crops offer real world benefits.
Earlier in 2012, Britain did a survey to gather information for developing a strategy for adopting GM food. In addition, Polling recently has also suggested that the UK public's concern over genetically modified food has softened in the past decade.
A survey published in March found a quarter of Britons are now unconcerned by GM food, compared with 17 percent nearly a decade ago, when supermarkets debated whether to introduce GM products following widespread public opposition and attacks on GM test fields in the 1990s.
Paterson said Britons were already unwittingly eating GM food on a regular basis since so many GM crops are grown around the world.
"There isn't a single piece of meat being served [in a typical London restaurant] where a bullock hasn't eaten some GM feed,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “So, it's a complete nonsense. But, the humbug! You know, large amounts of GM products are used across Europe."
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