Sense about Science ? equipping people to make sense of science and evidence
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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.
Thinking of going there to defend the crop agains the hippies.
Henning Jensen, Sales Manager, Agronomist,
Jenny Charlton, Student
Philip Talbot, Retired
GM research is key to sustaining food security in the years to come. Ignore it at our peril!
Dr Barry Frankland, Reader in Plant Physiology (retired)
Decisions about the use of GM crops should be based on scientific evidence rather than emotional prejudice.
Elizabeth Bruce, Web editor
Bruce Adams, software engineer
Clive Aruede, Systems Engineer
Insecticides or a repellant produced naturally by other plants? This is surely a no-brainer. Please let these people complete their research.
Elizabeth Courtney, Bookbinder
Katie Jones, Scientist
Alan Charles Jackson, Retired tropical agriculturalist
In my younger years I worked on the development of insect-resistant cotton in Tanzania, using the crude genetic tools available at that time. Modern genetic techniques made it possible to provide farmers with insect-resistant cotton varieties in the mid-1990s. The global uptake of these new varieties, mainly by small-scale farmers who recognise their benefits, has been remarkably swift. There is no way I would wish to see any kind of brake put on such work. I would regard any deliberate physical action that threatened the work at Rothamsted as a criminal act of vandalism for which the perpetrators should be punished. The demonstrators have lost the arguments globally and must be prevented from venting their frustration in a way that threatens the legitimate work of others.
Bernard Philogene, Professor Emeritus
Dr Chris Condon, Project Manager
William Kay, Student
Thibault Clochard, laboratory technician
Katherine Comer, na
James Osborn , Marketing
E Shaw, Project Manager
Michelle Harrison, urban dweller
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