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.
Mark Wharton, London Olympic Games
Luke Collie, Chemist
How can you complain that GM carries unknown risks and then vandalise the work of those trying to increase knowledge?
Lee Hyde, Student
The anti-GM brigades irrational fear of all things GM is akin to the views of the anti stem cell research lobby; their tactics no better than the intimidation tactics of evangelical anti-abortion extremists outside of American abortion clinics. Enough is enough, this Luddite thuggery must stop!
Frances Rowe, freelance researcher and communicator
Non-commercial research that could help reduce environmental impact is important. Scientific evidence must back good policy, and without it, bad policy follows (eg #buzzardgate). But scientists need to reassure people over GM trials, and show that publicly-funded research isn't prey to vested interests.
Anders Carlsson, Scientist
The actions organised by the anonymous "Taketheflourback" guys and there fooled followers reminds me about other events in history when people over a night have been forced to leave their homes and business, stepping on piles of crushed glass.
Craig Schumacher, Pensioner
David Chrimes, Technical Support Manager
Having spent 4 yrs working working on improving wheat quality I can only sympathize with the researchers and wish them the best of luck with this. We must not give in to the mindless destruction of vitally important research.
Alex Orr, Electronics Engineer
Robert Kern, Software Developer
Kevin O'Donnell, Biologist
Just a few hundred years ago, harmless women were burnt to death for witchcraft. Now the descendants of the burners are destroying harmless crops. It's progress, of a sort!
Louise Allen, Science Technician
Lewis Moonie, Retired doctor
Vitor Pinheiro, Scientist
Clare Jacques, Teacher
Richard Barker, scientist
these new varieties have the potential to dramaticly reduce the amount of pesticides used in intensive agriculture and reduce crop losses to insect pests in poor area's that can not afford pesticides.
Laura Gallegos, Researcher (plant genetics)
Adrian Perry, Retired teacher
Used to vote Green. They need to realise saving the environment might need more knowledge.
Mike Wightman, Financial Supervisor
Robert Dunn, Scientist
Martin Ragg, retired soil scientist