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.
Stuart Horgan, Student
Stifling a harmless pursuit of knowledge is at best woefully misguided. These people are the good guys.
Clare Tickle, Field development technician
Chris Murphy, IT Manager
This research may help feed the world... or it may not, but please let us find out.
Jane Anderson, Veterinary Surgeon
I used to work in research and to have such an ill informed and malicious event planned is ridiculous. I hope the event organisers see sense and call it off.
KG Davies Limited, Research Scientist, Academic and Writer
Scientists do not believe GM crops on their own are going to solve the crop security problem, but they can only help if scientists can apply the scientific method through experimentation. These experiments should not be feared. I can think of no netter words than those of Marie Curie, “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Enter the debate and do not destroy these trials.
Stephen Ashley, Research Associate
Scientific research always has the potential to have a positive impact on our lives. We have a duty, as a race, to pursue ethically-justified basic research to not only further understanding of the world but to see where our existence and condition can be improved. Therefore, to deny the ability for such basic research, denies the ability for us to further understand the world, the impacts of our actions, the ability for the world to be made better, and would ultimately lead to retrogression of all races.
Christine, Digital assistant
Discuss, don't destroy
Jake, Account manager
This just shows what a total lack of understanding these activists really have of the issues at stake.
Nick Lanng, Software Engineer
I also think GM products such as this wheat should be given free to the world, and not guarded as an asset like certain corn products.
Alex Smith, Banking
Sarah Barry, Statistician
The only way we can find out what works and what doesn't and what harms and what doesn't is through rigorous scientific research. Please do not destroy it, as that just sends us backwards.
Andy Kearney, Student
Advances in sciences advance the whole of society, it's important
Anthony Lewis, Web Manager
Don Grierson, Emeritus professor
Let everyone see the evidence and think for themselves.
Kirsten Miller, PhD student
An increasing human population means that we need to look into different approaches to food production not only to meet the increasing demand but also to reduce the environmental consequences. GM is one possibility that needs to be fully explored.
Ruth Berry, retired
I would have thought this was better than the overuse of pesticides but in any case we need to have evidence before we can decide.
Andrew Feinson, Computer Network Engineer
Perhaps the scientists involved in this project know more about the subject than you do. Try listening to them with an open mind. Destruction of potential knowledge is rarely a good solution.
Irene Hames, Consultant
This research is essential to the effort to provide a sustainable food supply and food security for the world in the coming decades. Talk, communicate, don’t destroy.
Jakub Nowak, cell biology PhD student
This research may lead to some answers that may prove "greens" were wrong. I understand them that they are afraid.
James Marshall, Information Governance Manager