Hang-up over GM foods cost children their sight, says Environment Secretary Owen Paterson

14.10.2013

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Published on 14 October 2014

Children are going blind in impoverished parts of the world because of the “hang-up” of opponents of GM foods, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson warned today.

The Cabinet minister accused campaigners against genetically modified foods of acting in a “wicked” way by scuppering the greater use of the technology, particularly in developing countries.

He attacked the anti-GM lobby, which includes Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, by highlighting work by campaigners to sabotage a crop of “golden rice” — which is fortified to combat blindness.

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