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.
Graham Strouts, Teacher
The tremendous gains in living standards over the last couple of centuries owes a lot to science. Research in agriculture is essential to continue if we are to feed the world.
Bruno, Doctoral Researcher
Because science should be prevailed: it shapes possibilities for the future.
Rachel Priestley, PhD Student
This research could help the environment and also people who have too little food at present.
Rich Tysoe, Web editor
If we need to research new food ideas and technologies if we're to have a hope of survival as a species.
Christina Fuentes, postdoctoral researcher
This type of research is necessary to feed the world's population!
Frank Fearn, STEM Consultant
If you are against scientific research you are against the future of humanity
Kate Byrne, Academic research
I don't know whether GMO is a good idea or not. That's why we need research - especially research that is not commercially motivated and where the results will be freely available. The "smash the machines" approach is not a good strategy.
Geoff Alan Bradshaw , Research Computer manager
Pat Coates, Retired teacher
We need to find ways to feed the world in the future as well as now. GM crops are going to be the answer.
Nigel Williams, IT Manager
This research will help to support responsible farming without the need for excessive chemicals. Anyone trying to prevent or destroy this research cannot be supportive of green farming techniques
Kirsty Monk, DPhil student
Scientific research is always pushing boundaries and inevitably involves controversy. No science should be destroyed just for being controversial.
David Avery, IT Operations Manager
Fertilizers have allowed us feed an ever expanding world. If we are to maintain this position , and keep millions from starving to death, we must progress in GM. Not doing so will condemn millions to eventual starvation and suffering.
Dr R C J Carling, Freelance Editor
I have been involved in environmental issues for many years in a publishing context, and it saddens me that there is so often a knee-jerk reaction that GMOs are necessarily a bad thing without considering the potential advantages.
Beat Spath, Public Affairs Manager
Vandalism is not an answer. This kind of research is not only important, but also very strictly regulated.
Nigel Hanley, Civil Servant
Innovation and science are our only hope for the future - the world faces a food and energy crisis. Reserach is vital to ensure that we can solve the problem of shortages. Imagine a variety og sorghum that is locust resistant or a variety of rice that requires onky half the water to grow.
Helen Armes, Student
We are struggling right now to feed the world's population and the chemicals and amount of land required are having a devastating impact on the environment. We need to improve crop yield in order to prevent mass famine. It needs to be done in a way that uses fewer chemical pesticides and fertilisers. I just wish people would take the time to try to actually understand what is being done here rather than rushing in with torches and pitchforks.
Russell Card, IT Engineer
Destroying evidence is not the way. Maybe the protesters should learn a bit more about this work and they may be less inclined to want to get rid of it
Ken Tague, It Manager
Millions of people are starving. Resistant crops will save lives in Africa and other developing nations. The Africans want these products too.
Mary Lalevee, Translator
Without scientific research, vital discoveries would never have been made. We need this work to be done, for future vital discoveries to be possible.
Because the more we know, the more we can do good
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