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.
Brian Collier, Research Management
It is time to realise that conventional processes will no longer be viable and we must change in order to succeed. Research of this nature allows us to adapt and prosper..... dont destroy.
Katie Baker, PhD student
Publicly funded GM research is incredibly valuable to European science and will ensure we can respond to issues such as climate change as effectively as possible. The rest of the world has been eating GM crops for decade and there have been zero deaths because of this. The number of people that may starve to death if we cannot produce enough food could be massive.
Marina, Undergrad Student
You'd have to be an idiot to think anything GMO is automatically wrong. Pesticides kill off vital pollinating species including bees: who wouldn't want a chance to use less pesticides in our agriculture? If this team doesn't do it then some enormous agrocompany will probably do it first and patent the idea, and they will be a far less scrupulous than this group of hard-working scientists.
Craig Booth, Business Analyst
Signing in support. Research like this is CRITICAL to the future.
Duncan Law-Green, Astronomer/computer scientist
Don't destroy this potentially invaluable research. Scientific reason must prevail over the forces of fear, intimidation and wanton destruction for the sake of humanity's future.
Brian McDade, Research scientist
The potential benefits from this kind of research are significant and environmentally beneficial. The activists should welcome the trials of GM safety but instead react out of fear and misunderstanding. Better public education is needed with regard to research like this.
Dr Jodie Wren, Biologist
Please don't destroy this research. To be able to understand whether this kind of approach could be useful the trials must continue. Research like this is essential in investigating solutions to our ever increasing demands on food, and could potentially decrease the amounts of pesticides in use.
Jonathan Howarth, Scientist
The activists don't represent the general population. When asked the Public invariably would rather testing took place and questions were answered.
Edgar Huitema, Principal Investigator
I urge everyone who cares about food security and the environment to participate in a constructive debate. debate can resolve the GM issue, ideology-driven extremism never will
Peter Cranny, Historian
Please, base your opinions and actions on knowledge not ignorance.
Niall, atmospheric science researcher
I support research into GM crops that is being performed for the benefit of the world, and not for profit by a corporation.
Dr Thomas Williamson, Web developer
Research must not be threatened by idealists who don't know what they are talking about.
Paul Pritchard, Analyst/Programmer
There is absolutely no excuse for vandalising useful research into stabple foods.
Sandra Hey, Former Scientist
Keep up the good work Rothamsted!
Thomas Roberts, Physics Student
Scientific endeavour must be protected from attacks from luddite groups if we want to enable progress that is vital to the future of humanity.
Bayer CropScience, Communications
Threatening to trash what is potential the greenest GM crop in history can only convince the general public, that such people are not environmentalists at all, nor do they have any interest in dealing with the very real problems of producing more food with less
Steven Dempster, PhD researcher
In the context of climate change, population growth and resource depletion I feel it is vital that this research proceed.
Suzy Renckens, Regulatory expert
Give scientists a fair chance to tackle global challenges
Dawn Worrall, Researcher
Let the field trial be completed and the data provided will indicate whether these particular plants will be of benefit. Destroy them and we will never know.
Catie Lichten, PhD student
Please discuss, do not destroy.