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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.
Devasish Goswami, Student
There is nothing essentially "good" about "natural" foods. As humans we have been developing new strains of crops for millennia. In order to solve the problems of world hunger we need experimentation and rational debate - not the hysteria promulgated by the Green movement. For Take The Flour Back to destroy the research of the Rothamsted scientists is on a par with the threats of violence directed against medical researchers. Their refusal to participate in any meaningful debate - after repeated attempts by scientists to engage them - shows that their dogmatism and misanthropy must be challenged at every instance. And sorry conspiracy theorists - most of the people signing this petition aren't in the pay of multinationals!
Science City York, CEO
Pietro Puricelli, rubber worker
Jamie Y Findlay, Student
Wrights Produce, Secretary
vishal vashisht , IT consultant
Dan Godbold, Software Developer
phil halper , banker
Toby Brown, Animator
I'm not sure I or anyone else knows whether GM crops are risky or beneficial, but I think it might be a good idea to try and find out.
alexander blackburn, statistician
Tina Meyer, PhD Molecular Biology
Juan Cruz Balda Berrotarán, Clerk
Innovation Management, Consultant
As an independent consultant who has followed the development of GM crops world wide I strongly support the work that Rothamsted is carrying out. There can be no reason whatsoever not to support such work. The potential benefit to the environment, the wheat grower and ultimately the consumer is massive.
Ashley Taylor, Land Agent
This research is needed to ascertain if GM can produce the benefits we think & hope it can safely. These trials are on such a small scale that, in my view, they would be extremely unlikely to affect other crops to the extent that the anti-GM lobbyists are claiming. We are all involved with health and safety on a daily basis and I cannot believe that sufficient biosecurity measures are not in place to prevent any cross contamination. I hope these trials come to a conclusive end and that they eventually lead to solutions to the problems currently facing global food and commodity markets. Keep up the good work.
Sue Bowden, Unemployed
I don't believe we should "play God" by interfering with nature but I also believe that all forms of vandalism are wrong. Protest, don't destroy
Giles Greenwood, Weightlifting Coach
Simone Altmann, post-doctoral researcher
Gerda Trost, PhD Student
Emma White, MSc Student
Michael Lenhard, Professor of Genetics