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Calls to relax the rules on GM crops were backed yesterday by the nation’s chief scientist. Sir Mark Walport said the rise of genetically modified food was ‘inexorable’ and there was a ‘strong case’ for it to be grown in Britain. So far biotech firms have been deterred from growing GM crops in Europe by the tightest controls in the world.
Sir Mark said it was his ‘job to advise on the science and it is then the politician’s job to decide how to use that … The final decision is a political decision’.
His comments – in his first public speech in the job – are the latest indication that the GM lobby is rapidly gaining influence after years of public hostility.
Over the past 8 weeks 6 supermarkets; Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s, Marks & Spencer and Co-operative ended bans on farm suppliers giving GM Soya and Maize to animals producing meat, milk and eggs, this includes free range animals. Waitrose still requires non-GM feed for poultry, eggs and lamb.
A British Science Association study showed public support for GM foods declining from 46% in 2002 to 27% now, even with all of the disinformation of the media, food companies, etc…
I'v singed numerous petitions against GM foods and appropriate labeling - But for what?
The Trust was established to administer the fortune of the American-born pharmaceutical magnate Sir Henry Wellcome. Its income was derived from what was originally called Burroughs Wellcome, later renamed in the UK as the Wellcome Foundation Ltd. In 1986, the trust sold 25% of Wellcome plc stock to the public. Overseen by incoming Director of Finance Ian Macgregor, this marked the beginning of a period of financial growth that saw the Trust's value increase by almost £14bn in 14 years, as their interests moved beyond the bounds of the pharmaceutical industry. In 1995, the trust divested itself of any interest in pharmaceuticals by selling all remaining stock to Glaxo plc, the company's historic British rival, creating GlaxoWellcome plc. In 2000, the Wellcome name disappeared from the drug business altogether when GlaxoWellcome merged with SmithKline Beecham, to form GlaxoSmithKline plc.
Sir William Martin Castell LVO (born 10 April 1947) is Chairman of the Wellcome Trust, a Director of General Electric and a former Director of BP. He was CEO of Amersham plc from 1989 until it was acquired by GE in April 2004 and then became CEO of GE Healthcare and a Vice-Chairman of GE.
Monsanto is the central bank of the food supply and I highly doubt they are going away.
Monsanto could not exist without famers.
"Why wont you let the people eating your "food" know what's in it and where it comes from?? What are you afraid of? Oh, its made with poison.....I wonder if you feed this garbage to your own families???"
"All I want to know is why are you lobbying so hard to keep me from knowing what my family consumes? Your link answer is VAGUE at best."
"There are countless documentary's available, that show that Monsanto is nothing more than a money making machine that cares nothing about healthy food. Don't be a redneck and trust a multinational.
Who is going to stop them? The government is utterly sold out.
Yeah, couldn't exist without the farmers, but here is the problem. I've asked all of my neighbors, here in Mid MI about what they plant, and where the seed is from, ect. I have no idea why, but the only seed they are able to purchase is GMO! The Mills around here are not even offering Organic to commercial farmers. Two actually looked into it after we had a discussion about GMO. They went as far as three towns out from here.