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U.K. Ministers Push Public to Accept Genetically-Modified Food

June 20, 2013

U.K. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said the public should drop its decade-long opposition to genetically-modified crops and allow the country to take a lead in researching the subject.

Opposition to the technology when it was developed at the end of the last century means there are no commercial GM crops grown in Britain, according to the BBC. Paterson said this meant the country was missing out on environmental benefits such as reduced use of pesticides, as well as the chance to develop new science.

The Environment Secretary told BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program that the U.S., which uses GM widely, had effectively been taking part in “the biggest field trial in human history,” with no harm to health.

“What’s the real evidence that this technology could endanger life or limb?” Paterson asked. “I want to make sure that the U.K. is leading the world going forward on the next generation.”

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