A Genetically Modified Future? Issues Vol 138 by Lisa Firth (Editor) Independence Educational Publishers

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Uk Out of control? Rice contamination proves GM is impossible to control I n August, the US notified the EU that it had detected trace amounts of unauthorised GM rice in its long-grain rice supplies intended for human consumption. Since then there have been over 107 incidents of contaminated rice found in 16 European countries. No one seems to know how the contamination occurred, or just how widespread it is. This incident highlights just how difficult it is to contain and monitor GM genes once they are in the environment.

Testing by France and Sweden has shown that LL601 has washed up on their shores although this needs to be verified. Ethical dilemmas If it were shown that this was necessary to obtain nutritionally improved food that tastes and costs the same as the food you eat at the moment, would you support the following? g. g. for foodstuffs/crops) 35% % 0 20 Would support 36% 23% 40 Get active 30% 40% 37% 60 Would not support 80 100 Unsure If it were shown that this was necessary to achieve new agricultural methods that would significantly benefit the environment, would you support the following?

Ian Pearson, the environment minister, insisted yesterday that the Government was not for or against GM, and that proposals were ‘not a green light for GM crops’. The Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors said it was ‘disappointed’ that the Government did not support the introduction of a GM land register. Damian Cleghorn, an RICS spokesman, said: ‘It is irresponsible of the Government not to introduce a land registry that would allow prospective purchasers of land and property to be warned about any possible issues relating to their transactions.

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