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.
Hilary Sutcliffe, Think tank director
Laura Fraser, Housewife
Jenifer Hurran, Clerical/Admin
Julie Enticknap, Science teacher
Natalie Betts, Postdoc
Femke de Jong, Postdoc
Jutamat Kay Anantanawat, PhD student
There are always good things about research. Sometimes people don't understand why we need researches like developing GM crop and such.
Ryan Brandenburg, Student
Spencer Bullard, Derivatives Trader
Helen Russell, Pharmaceutical research chemist
This research could answer important questions. Reasonable precautions have been taken; it would be extremely misguided (not to mention a waste of public money!) if the research were to be destroyed.
Edward Venison, Research Technician
I fully support this plea to ask the activists to call off their proposed action. We need these trials to test the efficacy and safety of these newly developed varieties. It seems to me that the scientists have done a great deal to nagate concerns about safety and money making. It this action goes ahead it will be an act against science and progress.
Nick Albert, PostDoctoral Scientist
As a scientist and an environmentalist I can only hope that reason is seen and that this important research is saved. As a person who is fortuate enough to have enough to eat every day, it is abhorrent that you would seek to destroy publically owned research that could benefit all - in particular, robbing the 3rd world of technologies developed to aid more sustainable food production is completely abhorrent. As you sit down to your evening meal, consider those who will go hungry, and then think of the consequences you proposed actions might have.
Steve Murray, Retired
With the ever increasing population and ever dwindling resource base science is the only tool we have at our disposal capable of providing answers to our needs. Shame on those whose ignorance and fear are making a difficult task even more so.
Stephanie Brand, Teacher
Anke Hueser, PostDoc
Shannon Corsi, Photographer/ Student
Karen Adams, Insurance Broker
Anna Linecker, teacher/retail
Don't send us to the Dark Ages! Think about it! Science FTW!
Simon Cartledge, Writer
Dean Boulding, CSR Technical Advisor
We need information gained from research like this to plan the least damaging way forward. Stopping this study will likely result in increased negative impact on the environment.