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.
Kimkhuy Khun, Student
I do believe with scientists rather than those protesters. They don't have enough proof and right to do those stupid thing. In which those scientist invest their whole life to find solution for either pest control or environmental friendly. I mean those scientists try to improve either food security and safety. In the end, I do appreciate those scientist with their clever brain to invest their life for science. I hope those protesters will decrease their temper and listen to us.
C Poole, Driver
Christopher Brown, Student
I really appreciate what scientists are doing and achieved to feed the ever-growing world population. To prolong their lifespan, interestingly, the so called environmentalist’ are using pharmaceutical products that are produced in recombinant bacteria or yeast.
Velcourt Ltd, Technical Director
It is essential that European Agriculture embraces genetic modification to underpin advances in yield and profitability and mitigate the ever increasing resistance issues we face with agrochemicals.
John Jones, Research Scientist
There is a need for a sensible and informed debate on GM.
Clive Hill, Software Engineer
Simon Matthews, Optician
Research is key into moving humanity forward. Any approach to stop progression is a modern stupidity.
Valerie Bultitude, Retired
Mary Hamilton, Biochemist
This trial has enormous potential to develop new ways to control insect pests and reduce insecticide use-it has to be tested to find out, I hope that this is allowed to happen
Simon Hemmings, Administrator
Diego Garcia, Legal Advisor
From a green perspective, given earths carrying capacity, GM research can help us mitigate the effects of overpopulation. From a development point of view, they help feed the people by making products less costly and available. Why the need to opose the research on that?
James McLeod, Manufacturing Scientist
People need to hear both sides of the story before going hysterical at the mere mention of "GM"
Rita de Oliveira, University senior lecturer
A dialogue should always be pursued in cases like this. I am environmentally concerned and buy organic and local as much as possible. However, i cant support misinformation, political one up man-ship, which seems to be in operation here. The ends does not always justify the means, hardly ever in fact. Violence is always the least creative response. Threats of destruction are acts of violence no matter how worthy the campaigners feel themselves to be. Please live up to greater values, not all science is harmful.
Amelia Penny, Student
Ron Morrison, Designer
ALVARO ROMO, STUDENT
I support research and GMOs but I do it when done in public places (University and so).
Claire Burns, lecturer
GM is one of the best possible ways forward for agriculture that can feed everyone without the need for harmful chemicals. Let's find out if this trial works before destroying it!
Simon Curling, Materials Research Scientist