The AEBC will have 20 members, drawn from consumers and environmental groups, the agricultural biotechnology industry and the academic and research communities. Cabinet office minister Mo Mowlam said that the broad membership would "ensure that the commission looks beyond the science and beyond the regulatory framework" and "explores the issues that matter to people most".
"I and my [ministerial] colleagues...recognise that people have concerns and fears about GM crops, Dr Mowlam said. "We firmly believe this new commission will help us to meet and address these."
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