THE Soil Association has dismissed the suggestion that genetically modified (GM) crops hold the key to future food security as a ‘red herring’.
Speaking from the conference, Tom Macmillan, the Soil Association’s innovation director, said: “Banging on about GM crops, as Lynas did, is a red herring.”
“Farmers and the public have been promised the earth on GM yet the results to date have been poor. The UK Government’s own farm scale experiment showed that overall the GM crops were worse for British wildlife.
“US Government figures show pesticide use has increased since GM crops have been grown there because superweeds and resistant insects have multiplied. Lynas, Paterson and other GM enthusiasts must beware of opening floodgates to real problems like this.”