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.
Richard Payne, PhD Student
Nicole Gkatza, Student
Claire Drurey, PhD student
valerie rees, retired
Ian Wood, PhD Student
charlotte miller, PhD student
Tiziana Pandofini, Researcher
Eoin O'Callaghan, Market Gardener
Réka Szabó, PhD student
If you can't come up with a better argument against GMOs than "IT'S UNNATURAL KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!", then perhaps it is time to rethink your reasons for opposing them.
Annalisa Polverari, Assistant Professor
I'm trying to produce transgenic plants resistant to pests; I think these plants can be grown in organic agriculture because they will not need sprays, don't you think they can be useful to mankind?
David Pritchard, PhD Student
Richard Twyman, Scientific Writer
While I strongly support this initiative by Rothamstead Research, there is one thing I don't understand. People who make threats to commit criminal damage against property are breaking the law. Several people were charged with incitement in relation to the recent London riots after organzing and coordinating their activities on Facebook and Twitter, and they have received long prison sentences. Why are activists who target legitimate GM research projects for 'decontamination' treated any differently?
David Barer, Physician
For goodness sake wake up!! We have to feed more and more people with less and less usable land - without destroying what's left of the natural environment. Most of the world dont have the luxury of fretting over vague fears about plant-animal hybrids and Frankestein Foods. Desperate people will snatch at any short-term fix that big business has to offer - however disastrous in the long term. Only publically funded science, which looks beyond annual profits, can find sustainable solutions. The work of centres like Rothampstead is our only hope...
Silvia Huettner, PhD student
Pietro Ariani, PhD Student
Dialogue is the basis of democracy, do not take hasty action on the basis of wrong or incomplete information. Sense of Science.
Philip Dix, University Professor
Research of this kind is essential to provide information on which constructive debate can be based. Destruction of field trials benefits the case of neither advocates of GM technology nor its critics.
Neerav Dhanani, accountant
Pascal Drake, Scientist
Anybody who cares about the environment should support research into GM crops. We need to double the amount of food we currently produce by 2050 to keep up with population growth and changes in food consumption, in the face of further challenges such as climate change and land use for biofuel production - the only way we can do that without destroying every last scrap of wilderness on the planet is to develop new technologies to make agriculture more productive and cleaner.
Cândido Pinto Ricardo, Plant science researcher
The best way to analyze our problems is by means of research and not emotional behaving
Scott Nagel, retired