May 21, 2013
Currently there is no commercial growing of Genetically Modified (GM) crops for commercial growing in the United Kingdom, only an experimental trial of GM Wheat which started in 2012, but now the Prime Minister’s personal scientific adviser; Sir Mark Walport and others are pushing an agenda to allow GM crops from Biotech firms such as Monsanto to be grown for commercial use.
The supermarket giants said suppliers had told them that non-GM feed for poultry is now too difficult and too expensive to obtain. There are also concerns that there is a risk non-GM and GM animal feed could become mixed up, making it more difficult to police the UK food chain.
– M&S, Co-op and Sainsbury’s say chickens will be fed on GM soya
This is primarily because Monsanto soya grown in the US and Brazil (where a lot of the feed is imported from) is over 80% genetically modified.
Sir Mark said it was his ‘job to advise on the science and it is then the politician’s job to decide how to use that … The final decision is a political decision’.
His comments – in his first public speech in the job – are the latest indication that the GM lobby is rapidly gaining influence after years of public hostility.
– Let farms grow GM food, says PM’s personal scientific adviser: Top adviser backs calls to relax rules on crops
“My job is to provide the best, most accurate scientific advice,” he said. “The job of the civil service is classically sometimes portrayed as telling truth to power, and there’s no doubt that is my job.”
– Case for GM crops is becoming ‘stronger’, says chief scientist
He was knighted for services to medical research in 2009, like a qualification based on ‘who you know’.