It is both illogical and immoral to oppose genetically modified foods. David Willetts is right to speak out against the European Union’s ban

10.06.2013

The Times

Published on 10 June 2013

he European Union’s opposition to genetically modified foodstuffs was archaic a decade ago. Today it is something closer to bizarre, with a dash of obscenity thrown in. Commercially-grown GM crops flourish in China, North America, South America and parts of Africa. While, in Europe, they are effectively banned.

There are two exceptions: a potato used to produce starch for paper, which is legal but no longer grown anywhere, and a pest-resistant maize produced by Monsanto, which is nonetheless locally banned in Austria, France, Germany and Hungary and not grown in Britain anyway.

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