GM Nation

A national debate on the environmental impact of GM crops and the safety of GM foods initiated by the government will run from now until the middle of July.
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From our latest posting on GM “Around 200 people attended the GM Nation? Public Debate held in Swansea on 5th June. Participants included academics and scientists, farmers (organic and non-organic), and environmentalists, however the vast majority were there as concerned consumers. Although a few potential benefits of GM were highlighted (eg. reduced use of pesticides), the overwhelming view was against the commercial growing of GM crops in the UK.

A variety of concerns were expressed, most of which centred on the perceived environmental impact of growing such crops on a wide scale. The threat to the bio-diversity of our countryside was a major worry for many people, there was a fear that once the genie had been let out of the bottle there would be no going back. Many believed that before any decision is made by the government more research is needed on the long term impact of GM on the environment and on human and animal health. There were also concerns over the dominance of a few large bio-technology companies and the apparent control they had on the whole industry. Others questioned the real need for growing GM crops in the UK. Several respondents felt we should be investing in more sustainable forms of food production. It was also suggested that if the UK remained GM free it would give added value to our agricultural exports.”

On a personal note I wonder what the impact of GM crops would be on our native honeybees, there are already many problems with the bees not surviving the winter and beekeepers finding the contents of the hives dead when they do their spring inspections, without a varied and healthy pollen flow surely our native honeybee will begin to suffer even more. perhaps swarms will become more common due to the sudden abundance of pollen causing the hive to fill quickly and the bees to swarm, followed by none at all, or worse perhaps we will create an environment where honeybees are affected by pests such as varroa even more.