GM is back on the agenda. UK organic agriculture & many jobs under threat. Stop the new trials.
New trials are being planned testing a brand-new synthetically-constructed ‘fake’ gene that is ‘most similar to one found in a cow’. This is a concerning use of synthetic genes and of animal genes in plants.
Its not wanted
Even the USA has abandoned attempts to commercialise GM wheat because there is no market for it. Biotech company BASF recently backed out of Europe because no-one wanted to buy GM food.
Once it flowers, it’s here to stay
The trial is happening in the open air, meaning that when it starts to
flower it can cross contaminate other wheat crops and wild grasses. This is a real threat. In Canada there is no organic oilseed rape left because all the farms have been cross-contaminated with GM rapeseed.