Letter: GM crop secrets

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Sir: Science, big business and government between them have a very poor record of introducing safe products to the marketplace. From asbestos decades ago, to allowing cattle to eat diseased meat, causing BSE, we have allowed unsafe products into the market, supposedly tested for safety, only for problems to arise later.

However, once the problem has been identified we have been able to isolate and eliminate it. In the case of GM technology, once it is released into nature, we cannot isolate and eliminate it. For this reason we must destroy all GM trials, and then discuss whether it is safe to introduce them.

The Government must for once act against the wishes of big business and in the interests of the people and the world they live in. Until then, good luck to Greenpeace and any environmental activist who has the guts to go out and destroy the remaining GM trials.

SIMON SMITH

St Albans, Hertfordshire

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