GMOs back in the public domain
The recent antics of the GM protestors reopened the public debate on the future role of new technologies in meeting the challenges of feeding an increasingly large and more affluent world population.
GM protestors were recently responsible for vandalising a GM wheat trial at the Rothamsted Research Centre in Hertfordshire. It preceded what had originally been planned as an orderly protest against the resumption of GM trials, under the campaign banner of 'Take the Flour Back'.
The incident re-opened the debate about the use of GM technology and the rationale for using biotechnologies as part of the solution to meeting the challenges of feeding a world population which is forecast to grow from 7 to 9 billion by 2050. Much of the media coverage was highly critical of the protestors actions, recognising that GM technology must have a larger role to play in ensuring adequate food supplies in the future, and emphasizing the need to properly explain the real benefits the technologies might deliver.
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