Sense about Science ? equipping people to make sense of science and evidence
Petition and comments
6060 people have signed the petition
The Don't Destroy Research petition is now closed, many thanks to everyone who signed it. Below is the list of signatories and their comments. You can also see a collection of public support for the Rothamsted researchers' appeal here.
The planned direct action against the GM wheat experiment at Rothamsted did not happen on Sunday 27th May. The GM wheat trial is ongoing.
Michal Jaros, psychologist
Gerald Hackemer, Retired
Alexis Lovell, Retired
To quote Pascal Bruckner: 'Catastrophe is not their fear, it is their joy'. I think this neatly sums up these people.
Claudia Sánchez, Auxiliar Investigator
Susana Serrazina, Investigator
Joanna McCarter, PhD Student in Neuroscience
Magda Semedo, Teacher
Daniel Stirnweis, PhD student
Instead of going to the fields and destroying research trials, you might consider going to the fields and try to cultivate as many crops as you, your friends and your family need for living. Try it with the cultivars from 200 years ago and with some newer varieties and you will see that we all benefit from good agricultural research.
Marie van Maarschalkerweerd, PhD student
Loris Groppo, Farmer
Wilhelm Klümper, PhD Student
By signing this petition I reveal that I consider sceptics and opponents of GM veritable stakeholders, otherwise I would not try to engage in dialogue through this petition. Every opponent's objection should be considered carefully as should be every scientific finding. This is only possible with openness and dialogue. However, somebody who destroys research and thereby intentionally hampers finding the truth concerning the issue at stake I wouldn't consider a veritable stakeholder anymore. So, not only the research is at stake here. The destruction of the crops would help those who want to push back the influence of grassroot movements as these movements would show once more only to be "Vandalic idiots". Do not gamble away the chance to really participate in a solution! This moral reasoning aside, the destruction of research is a criminal act not different from destroying any other kind of property.
Rhiannon Cunnah, Customer Support Executive
I really hope you're allowed a chance to see your research through. It would be such a terrible shame if publicly funded research was destroyed in this way and we were forever forced to rely on big corporations for innovations and improvements.
Patricia Calero Valdayo, PhD student
Inês Pinto, Student in Biotechnology
Good luck. I hope that everything turns out for good.
Bu-Jun Shi, Researcher
I do not think GMO plants will cause harm to human health. When wild-type plants are invaded by foreign pollens, pathogens and/or insects, which often occur naturally, it will make no difference from the GMO plants because the wild-type plants can easily be modified under the invasions.
Manuela Silva, Researcher
Ana Sintra, Assist. Professor
Francisco B Flores, Permanent researcher
I wish you success in order to avoid the destruction of so many years of research hardworking, by hands of ignorance and fanatism combined together. It is a pity that attitudes more proper coming from Medieval times are still arousing today.
Jose A Feijo, Biologist/Scientist
we have to stop the barbarian attitudes of those who think they are the only possessors of truth
Anabela B da Silva, Assistant Professor