Magazine article New Internationalist

Cow Genes on Toast

Magazine article New Internationalist

Cow Genes on Toast

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Scientists have launched trial crops of genetically modified (GM) wheat, adjusted to repel aphids. Researchers at the Rothamsted Research station in Hertfordshire, England, have billed the strain as 'eco-friendly GM', but sceptics are unconvinced.

This GM wheat contains the first synthetic copy of an animal gene,' says Anna Thompson of the Commgnity Food Growers Network. 'Scientists describe it as "most similar to one found in cows". We believe genes like these should not be used in a food crop without a full public consultation.'

Thompson is part of a campaigning group arguing that the crop trial employs technology that is haphazard and poorly understood. Organizing under the banner 'Take the Flour Back!' they are planning a mass action for 27 May.

Meanwhile, campaigners GM Freeze have labelled the experimental crop of GM wheat 'a step backwards for farming'. They say that consumers' unwillingness to touch GM foods makes the test a waste of time and public money (at a cost of over $1 . …

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