A gale of fresh air
Diabetes and Nutritional Science News Division, King's College London, UK
By Vivian Moses
Exactly a week before this editorial was written, Owen Paterson, the UK Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs spoke at Rothamsted Research some 20 miles north of London and the site last July of unsuccessful protests against the trials of GM-wheat.
He stressed the need for “sustainable intensification” of agriculture if we are to feed ourselves. And, he said: “The era of complacency about food production must come to an end. I believe that it’s time to start a more informed discussion about the potential of genetically modified crops. A discussion that enables GM to be considered in its proper overall context with a balanced understanding of the risks and benefits.”