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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.
Oliver Berkowitz, Plant Scientist
April Ward, Animal Caretaker
Niall Foy, Researcher
Please do not destroy a scientific experiment which has the potential to save lives. GM crops have the potential to provide food for the starving, in areas in which it cannot otherwise survive. The genes added in GM crops are already available in nature. They are only in their currently species through random chance and natural selection---there is nothing unnatural about putting a gene in a different species. At most it is just giving natural selection a nudge, and saying 'try this, and let me know how it works'.
Christian Walter, Scientist
I have experienced destruction of my research trials twice, by anti GE activists. I am hoping that you will be able to do your research and that your initiate will help to prevent those mis-guided individuals from destroying what is valuable to all of us.
C. Alex Baker, Biomedical Engineering Student
Vandalism: the new fallback for people with no real understanding of a thing they don't like in the absence of a civilized initiative.
Richard Knight, Student
It would be a shame for scientific research to be obstructed, by a group of people who don't fully understand (or are even ignorant of) the aims of the research, that is why I sign this petition, in the hope that the protesters might think twice before destroying the work of the Rothamsted Research.
Sven Tribbe, Accountant
Totally disagree with the ignorant anti GE crowd - research and science are so important and we should encourage it rather than stand in the way (and we should pay our scientists better!)
Kevin Davies, Scientist
Michele Wright, Researcher
So important to balance the extreme emotion on one side with level-headed debate.
Nathan Salo Tumberg, Coordinator
Denis Curtin, soil scientist
Simon Deroles, Scientist
I have worked under the anti-GM research cloud for most of my career. I am so grateful that you have launched this appeal to save your crop in such a gentle and reasonable fashion. I fervently hope that the anti-GM lobby will respond in kind.
Miguel Flores, Postdoc
Peter Niblett, Truck Driver
Anthony Collingbourne, retired microbiologist/brewer
Matt McMillan, Film Editor
Impeding research prolongs ignorance. Ignorance has never been a good principle to aspire to.
Colin Barnes, Ecologist
Roger Leigh, Professor
This is important research that is trying to find ways of decreasing insecticide use by engineering plants to naturally deter aphids. This fits in with the aims of many to decrease chemical use in agriculture. We will not feed the world without research of this kind. Constructive talk rather than destructive action is the way forward to resolve differences of opinion on this research.
Steve Lange, Engineer
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