Charles at Odds with Kirk over GM Crops
Chamberlain, Gethin, Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
PRINCE Charles faces a embarrassing row over his "God's Law" remarks on GM food as he becomes the Church of Scotland's Lord High Commissioner this week.
He attacked the use of genetically modified crops in the annual Reith lecture, accusing scientists of tampering with God's will.
But last night a leading member of the Kirk claimed there was support in the Bible for GM farming.
Dr Donald Bruce, director of the church's Society, Religion and Technology Project, refused to criticise the Prince directly but said: "The Book of Genesis gives you a strong command in the very first chapter.
"God creates human beings as a kind of last stage, then says they have dominion over the whole of the rest of creation.
"The words 'subdue the earth and fill it' are used, which is very strong language implying intervention and overlordship.
"We took the view that although there were risks involved in certain aspects of GM food, these varied from species to species and in some areas there were really no grounds for environmental concerns."
Mr Bruce added that the Kirk voted last year against a moratorium on GM food, and there were references in the Bible which could support the argument for GM farming.
The Kirk's General Assembly is due to debate agriculture next week, days after the Prince launched his outspoken attack on "Frankenstein" foods.
Charles yesterday used the Reith lecture to accuse scientists of playing God and treating the natural world as nothing more than a gigantic laboratory. …