Letter: Wrong GM trials
Tuesday 25 May 1999
Sir: Sarah Burton (letter, 24 May) is right to make the point that when it comes to pollution from a GM crop, size does not matter. One plant can be as infective as thousands.
But I question whether these GM crop trials are really intended to assess ecological damage. For that to be so an ongoing ecological audit of the surrounding area would be necessary. There is no indication that this is being done.
It seems to me that it is more likely that these trials are intended to determine yields under various conditions of weather and chemical control, and any information of ecological damage resulting from these trials will be fortuitous.
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