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A handful of retired constituents delivering their local MP a petition might not sound the most terrifying of prospects, but it prompted one Tory politician to call for police protection.

Poor suffer most from pollution

THERE ARE more than 130 times as many big polluting factories in the poorest parts of the country as in more prosperous areas, a survey will reveal tomorrow.

`Green' minister used stretch limo

A LABOUR environment minister has driven into trouble by arriving at a transport conference in a stretch limo to make a speech about the damage caused by "the way we travel".

Stop GM Foods: Rogue genes cross to weeds

SCIENTISTS HAVE discovered the first genetically modified superweeds in Britain, following the spread of pollen from a GM trial crop to wild turnip plants.

GM crop trial will stay despite error

THE GOVERNMENT refused yesterday to stop the first field-scale trial of genetically modified (GM) crops, although the planting broke its own rules for notification.

Business spurns the dormouse

GIVEN that it is close to extinction, the depressed river mussel is appropriately named. But it has more reason to be cheerful than most of Britain's vanishing wildlife: it is one of only a handful of endangered species to benefit from a much-vaunted business sponsorship scheme.

Action on GM peril to organics

MINISTERS have insisted that growers of genetically modified crops must "not compromise" organic farming, following widespread fears of contamination by GM seeds or pollen.

Law: Terminal turbulence

The inquiry into expanding Heathrow is over, but a decision is years away.

Letter: Sainsbury must go

Sir: The case for Lord Sainsbury to resign, or be sacked, as Science Minister because of the conflicts between his extensive commercial holdings in biotechnology and plant-breeding companies and his duties to safeguard the public interest in these issues is overwhelming ("Lord Sainsbury in Monsanto talks", 8 March).

GM row: Lord Sainsbury in Monsanto talks

Science minister with food business links met US corporation while playing role in biotechnology policy

GM Foods: Watchdog's silence on the guilty broke law

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Threat to wildlife report suppressed

A GOVERNMENT report warning that genetically modified crops posed a threat to British wildlife has been shelved indefinitely, it emerged last night.

GM food advisers shake-up planned

SWEEPING CHANGES to the controversial committee that approves trials of genetically modified (GM) crops are being planned by the Environment minister, Michael Meacher.

Letter: Secret polluters

Sir: Richard Cormack (letter, 10 February) should focus his concern north of the border. The real scandal is not The Independent's headline, which treated pollution figures for England and Wales as applying to the whole of Britain, but that similar information on emissions from factories cannot be made available to those living in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
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