Growing Voices encourages consumers to rethink GM crops
Dr. Juan Ignacio Serrano-Vela, Researcher at the Coeliac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity Association in Madrid: ‘Since gluten is present in majority of foodstuffs, ensuring a gluten-free diet for coeliac sufferers is a huge challenge. Foodstuffs specially made for people intolerant to gluten are expensive and have a poor nutritional quality. Fortunately, novel biotech approaches for gluten-free crops may preserve the nutritional quality and good baking properties of gluten-containing cereals.’
Sven Ove Hansson, Professor, Mistra Biotech, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm: ‘The strict regulation introduced many years ago we justified because GM was a new technology and there were uncertainties. Now we have the experience and the knowledge to asses the safety of each individual use of biotechnology. Unfortunately, however, we still have legislation that deals with the uncertainties of decades ago, but is not good at dealing with new uncertainties.