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Environment Minister calls for industry support in GM

20 June 2013

Environment Minister, Rt Hon Owen Paterson has today again raised the issue of genetic modification, emphasising the importance in this technology in helping to deliver a sustainable food supply. 

In particular, the Minister is urging the UK to take a lead in Europe in the use of genetically modified crops.

The Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) has responded to Mr Paterson’s comment that it isn’t just for government to make the case, but for industry and the scientific and research communities, among others, to play their role.

In a statement, the IFST said: “IFST has previously stated the important role that food scientists and technologists can play in the responsible introduction of GM techniques provided that issues of product safety, environmental concerns, information and ethics are all satisfactorily addressed. 

“IFST therefore supports Mr Paterson’s call for the scientific and research community to play a key role in the potential future introduction of genetically modified crops through continuing research and ensuring open communication of the issues from a balanced and scientific standpoint. 

“Only in this way may the benefits that this technology can confer ultimately become available, not least to help feed the world's escalating population in the coming decades.”


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