Ten years later: A new push for genetic modification

By Ian Dunt

The environment secretary was renewing the push for widespread use of genetically modified (GM) crops today, nearly a decade after it was effectively ruled out across the EU.

Owen Paterson warned that the UK and Europe risk being left behind because of their aversion to the technology and that it could help cure medical ailments as well as alleviate world hunger.

“At the moment, Europe is missing out,” Paterson said.

“While the rest of the world is ploughing ahead and reaping the benefits of the new technologies, Europe risks being left behind.”

Paterson suggested GM technology could be as transformative as the agricultural revolution and is entirely safe for human consumption.

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