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 Hall, Head of Marketing
David Finnegan, Lecturere and Scientist
Tim Finn-Kelcey, Small Farmer
olga sedelnikova, student
Carlos Romão, Full Professor Chemistry
It simply is too hard to try finding words to support such an obvious deed, to find solutions to such obvious needs!!!
Debbie Wright, Concerned citizen
I am appalled by the dogmatic rhetoric of the Take the Flour Back Group and their proposed action. This is to all intents and purpose terrorism and has no place in a democratic society. Rothampsted is to be lauded in their approach and work on tackling food security and sustainability.
Ceri Reid, Engineer
Professor R.A. Rastall, Head of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading
How can it be morally defensible for the minority to dictate what the majority shall, or shall not, understand? Destroy the research and you lose all credibility and your argument.
Allan Lock, Retired agronomist
Understanding and progress come as consequences of investigation, not destruction of the question.
Robin Dunford, Publishing consultant
I did PhD and post-doc work with transgenic plants in the late 80s and early 90s, and I am utterly depressed that the largely uninformed 'anti' argument has wiped the floor so thoroughly with the 'pro' argument. This blinkered and prejudiced attitude is a blight on the UK.
Dr Rachel Walker, Scientific Editor
Frances Medaney, PhD student
Dr Ian Duce, Associate Professor
Research is vital to gather new knowledge so that we can make informed decisions, whether on GM or any other topic. This work aims to make food safer and agriculture more prodcutive and must be allowed to progress. Sadly there are none so blind as those that will not see. I sincerely hope that ignorance and vanadalism will not be allowed to destroy science.
Shaun Cook, Human
Marie-Theres Hauser, Univ. Professor
Kent Bradford, Professor
If is has been publicly announced that acts of vandalism will occur at a specific location on a certain date, is it not possible to have police protection? Is premeditated vandalism now legally sanctioned in the UK? It is a sad statement on the current situation if vandals are considered to have greater rights than public scientists trying to develop crops to produce food while reducing use of pesticides.
Natalie Wilder, Managing Editor
Sarah Paul, Ecologist
Ruth Bryant, PhD student
Nikolaus Amrhein, Emeritus Professor Plant Biochemistry
Destryoing this research means destroying the belief in British fairness that we cherish on the Continent!