Letter: Isolating GM crops
Wednesday 02 June 1999
To me, this seemed very much like imposing a regulation of "not many naked lights" in the presence of inflammable gases.
Even if Guy Charter were able to persuade his bees to refrain from cross- pollinating GM and non-GM crops, can we really believe that wind pollination only takes place over a few yards?
In practice, most pollen will only travel a very short distance, but the occasional wind eddy is bound to lift some pollen clear of the ground, from where it may travel on the winds for any distance: after all, sand from the Sahara occasionally causes coloured rain in England. It seems that the regulations are only intended to reduce cross-pollination to the level where it does not interfere with the trials themselves. They do not, and cannot, prevent escape of GM genetic material into the wild.
Louth and District Green Party
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