Zoe and Steve Vaughan
Genetic modification is a vexed question in this country. Christened ‘Frankenfoods’ amid the public backlash to the farm trials at the turn of the Millennium, politicians have sought to keep their distance from the subject.
But now scientists are trying to persuade ministers it is time to embrace biotechnology. In turn, the politicians look like they are open to suggestions. In fact, a new growth strategy being formulated over the next few months is expected to show greater government support for GM crops.
Farmers are keen for investment and the National Farmers’ Union supports the growing of genetically modified crops.
Scientists say GM crops produce bigger yields, reduce the need for pesticides, offer health benefits and could help to feed the world.