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Why do we need the UK farm-scale trials?
(This debate is closed and is a read-only archive)
Les FirbankWhy we need the farm-scale trials
Les Firbank
leader of the UK farm-scale evaluations of genetically modified crops
'The farm-scale evaluations are essential if we are to make informed decisions about growing GM crops without harming wildlife.'
Tony GillandLet the sowing begin
Tony Gilland
science and society director, Institute of Ideas
'The farm-scale trials are an unnecessary obstacle to the introduction of this beneficial technology.'
Robin Grove-WhiteA political con
Robin Grove-White
professor of environment and society, Lancaster University
'The trials were born out of political necessity and should be seen for what they are: a pioneering toe-in-the-water, rather than the last word.'
Gregory Conko and CS PrakashGM in perspective
Gregory Conko and CS Prakash
Gregory Conko is director of food safety policy with the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Dr Channapatna S Prakash is professor of plant molecular genetics at Tuskegee University

'If the field trials are allowed to progress unmolested, Britons will find that they show GM crops to have real environmental benefits.'
Commissioned responses
Alan Gray director of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Dorset, England
John Conroy TV producer and journalist
Agricultural Biotechnology Council knowledge and resource service of the UK agricultural biotechnology industry
Debate home
The head-to-head
Les Firbank
leader of the UK farm-scale evaluations of genetically modified crops
Tony Gilland
science and society director, Institute of Ideas
Robin Grove-White
professor of environment and society, Lancaster University
Gregory Conko and
CS Prakash

Gregory Conko is director of food safety policy with the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
Channapatna S Prakash is professor of plant molecular genetics, Tuskegee University
Commissioned responses
Alan Gray
John Conroy
Agricultural Biotechnology Council
Reader responses
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Useful resources
For more information about GM crops see:

Farm-Scale Evaluations of Genetically Modified Crops
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Biotechnology in food and agriculture
UN Food and Agriculture Organisation

GMO research in perspective
Europa, European Commission research [.pdf 370KB]


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