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GM go ahead to ignore public opposition

[Monday 12 November 2007]

THE GOVERNMENT is to give the OK for large-scale cultivation of genetically modified - GM - crops despite huge public opposition; it was claimed at the weekend.

Documents leaked from the environment department Defra show that rules are being drawn up to allow the widespread sowing of GM crops - known as "Frankenstein foods" by opponents - despite the fact that polls show that 95% of the population are against it.

Such plans, if put into action, will undoubtedly attract huge public protests from organisations like Friends of the Earth and the growing number of organic food producers, who fears that it will be virtually impossible to keep their crops free from wind-blown pollen from GM fields.

This comes after two in-depth scientific studies in recent weeks have shown that organic foods are in fact more beneficial than traditionally-grown crops - a finding which in the past has been denied by Defra.

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