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.
Dr Colin Lazarus, Lecturer
Scientific research is carried out for the public good and leads to societal advancement. The scientific approach adds to knowledge objectively, presenting the public with evidence that can be properly assessed in risk-benefit analyses. Scientists are members of the public too; it is in their own interests and those of their family and friends to fully evaluate the risks of their actions and to proceed with appropriate caution. Scientific research can be trusted.
Tony Terry, Teacher
Without a rational approach to new ideas what we are left with is superstition and fear of the unknown.
Warren Hardie, Nurse
More and More people on this Earth. Not enough food to go round, something needs to be done to help feed the World.
Tessa Macleod, Unemployed
Some scientific research can seem barbaric but this particular research appears to be ecologically sound. Far from wanting to destroy it the protesters should be wanting to guard and encourage it themselves!
Look, I'm a vegan, organic living type of chap but this is rediculious! No one is going to be allowed to eat the plants in question - EVER and the main objection beyond potential foodstuff (oh no think of the children, what about family values - beat it!) is that 'genes might escape'. I'm no geneticist but I bet they won't. This is a controlled test not Jurassic Park.
To avoid society reverting to the Dark Ages
Marc Saric, Bioinformatician
Lorenzo Frigerio, Researcher
Research into crop improvement is essential. A priori opposition to GM research is a luxury that Europe can no longer afford.
Tristram Wyatt, Scientist
This research could help reduce pesticide use by using the natural responses of greenfly and their ladybird predators. The genes being moved are from other plants. It is a genuinely greener approach.
Nicholas Wise, Student
The fears of the campaigners are why we need to experiment!
Richard, Ph.D. Student
No research should be destroyed based on scaremongering and ignorance.
Felicity Hansen, Retired
We need to find new ways of do things in order to find methods that do not damage the planet.
Susannah Lydon, Outreach Officer
As a global community we need to find ways of producing ever more crops, on limited land, with limited water, while coping with climate change. Finding better ways of dealing with pests is part of this picture, and research addressing this is crucial.
Paul Smith, Information Officer
The world needs more food, and more intelligence.
if the world has to develop, the peple need to accept new things, like GM, even there might be a risk, that is a kind of evolution
Ian Preston, Professor of Economics
Destroying research is promoting ignorance over understanding
Claire Eckley, Farmer
Because we might find out something good and useful and save some lives!
Elaine Snell, science communications
This research is essential. Getting the plants to repel aphids with a natural pheromone makes sense.
David Jones, Technical Author
There is no progress without research. It may tell us something you don't want to know such as GM crops are unsafe. Equally it may tell us they are safe. Without it we'll never know, with the doubt come the idiots who will then twist half- truths to their own ends.
Anthony Trewavas FRS, university professor
Because all policy must be based on evidence not prejudice and in this case of the vandals, ignorance and stupidity. Luddites are alway with us. it is astonishing in a supposedly educated country we can have such foolishness and malign attitudes masquerading as right minded. it is also time we had leadership from our politicians-Caroline Spellman should be asked to deal with such people as they did with the animal rights brigade and to voice support in no uncertain terms