British GM debate launched under a cloud

A "national debate" on genetic modification (GM) in food and agriculture got underway in Britain today, amidst rising criticisms from environmental and consumers' organisations. The UK£0.5m (€0.7m) government-funded but independently managed exercise should report back in September. Meanwhile, related government reviews of the science and economics of GM technologies should both be completed this summer. Three years of GM crop field tests looking at potential biodiversity impacts are also drawing to a close. See environment ministry press release, websites on the GM debate, the science review and the economics review, and NGOs' statement.

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