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.
fergus simpson, Environmental Sustainability Student
These activists are not acting in the greater public good. If they want to make a real difference go protest over Canadian Oil Sands or Gas Fracking. GM crops may in fact prove to be a valuable technology to feed future populations and protect or environment.
Oliver Childs, Science writer
Question, discuss, debate, challenge research, yes. But don't destroy it.
Geert De Jaeger, Professor
No one possesses the monopoly on sustainable agriculture. It is only through scientific research that we will find at least technical tools to make agriculture more sustainable. The challenges of agriculture in the coming decades are too heavy to exclude specific approaches. We definitely have to keep an open mind. Let these people conduct their field trial and judge it on the scientific results, not with ideology at upfront.
Vicky Johnston, Technician
Dr Kat Arney, Science Communicator
*sigh* I can't believe we have to have a campaign like this. We need open discussion and education about the research rather than scaremongering and destruction
Anvil Springstien, writer/performer
supporting non-patented research into gm
Darran Clements, Analyst
I am grateful to this website for providing a measured, intellectual approach against the emotive, unscientific bullying from political activists with a Luddite agenda. Our society needs a lot more of this kind of debate and I hope that Sense About Science is successful in bringing the debates back to realities and evidence rather than superstitions, misinformation and beliefs. I wish you the very best of luck with this. Darran
Franziska Fischer, student
Standing up against ideology grounded in unrational fear sometimes seems sisyphean, but keep it up at Rothamsted!
Tiffany Tanner, Operations Specialist
Research is very important for the survival of our world.
Ian Letson, Medical Practitioner
Please let sanity prevail.
Andrew Dean, Researcher
Blind adherence to ideology is inherently counter-productive to rigorous scientific research. As a global population we desperately need efficient agricultural methods, such as those being investigated at Rothamsted. They should be lauded for their work, not have it threatened. After all, they ultimately aim to help make the best use of this world we all share.
Bonnie Webber, professor
This research aimed at enhancing the plant's OWN mechanisms for repelling destructive pests deserves support.
Sandrine Tiller, Aid worker
Trond Kristoffersen, Science teacher
Progress is morality. Support science!
Dagorn Catherine, Agronomist
Discuss, don't destroy
Roberto Capetti, graphic designer
Research is the only way to try to solve problems...and we are going to have the most serious one, in the next future, food...
donald quicke, professor
The potential to feed the world more safely, with fewer pesticides or more benign ones, more efficiently and with less destruction of native habitat should not be blocked. Nothing is without risk but all evidence points to the risks of GM crops as slight to near zero.
Ian Barley, Furniture Maker
Rory Lay, farmer
The research needs to continue so that a full discussion can be had, it would be such a shame if it was all destroyed
Jacqueline Freeman, Research Scientist
The opinions of a minority should not prevent the acquisition of knowledge from an experiment testing a strategy which may help us to provide sustainable and ecologically responsible solutions for future food production.
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