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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.
Keri McCrickerd, PhD student
Alan Clements, Biologist
The use of GM crops in Africa has been of great help to peasant farmers, greatly reducing the time they have to commit to clearing their crops of weeds by hand.
Jerzy Dorosz, Postdoctoral researcher
Nessa Carson, Organic chemistry student
David Budd, Student
Rachael Ludwick, software engineer
We will need every possible tool, technology and idea we can come up with if we want to feed the world in a sustainable manner. Pesticide runoffs are one of agriculture's most damaging unintended results. Destroying this trial means fewer attempts will be made to create crops that require less pesticide use. Destroying trials like this one means human beings will continue to apply excess pesticides, damaging the natural environment and making it harder for humans to survive long-term.
CHRIS HIBBITT, RETIRED
Media coverage totally biased highlighting potential negatives without mentioning all the great benefits.
Bartek , Biotechnology student
Daniel Horrer, PhD student
Isabella Schwarz, Pharmacist
Stephen Preston, Agricultural Scientist (Developing Countries)
This is unique, cutting-edge research of global importance. It has the potential to improve the livelihoods of poor farmers in developing countries, as well as rich farmers in Europe. Attempts to destroy the research plots would amount to a crime against humanity, and should be met with the full force of the law.
K. K. Narayanan, Scientist/Administrator
Why should you destroy the trials unless you are afraid that the results may prove you wrong?
Triston Spicer, Student
edward baxter, farmer and environmentalist
I see aphid resistance bred into wheat as a great leap forward. Current practice - summer use of insecticides - does so much collateral damage and it would be wonderful to be able to give them up. Keep up the good work!
Gemma Watkinson, Crop Purity technician
Marek Mikrut, Polymer chemist
Michel Rausch, Student
Where would we be now if the Luddites had won?
Alexander Bolingbroke, Biomedical Science Support Worker
Less damage by pests = less use of pesticides (proven to be harmful) + increased crop yield (feeding more people) + less land required for agriculture. Please don't destroy something that might help the environment so much!
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