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.
Dennis Stevenson, Businessman
I want to live in a society which follows evidence notprejudice
Ignorance is destructive.
James Foley, Sales rep
Science offers us the best way of understanding the world and moving forward, reducing suffering and improving life.
Jenny Day, Student
The ignorant idiots who want to destroy this work would be the first to riot and murder other people when the world is starving. Acting on fear driven by ignorance is NEVER the way forward. That way lies the failure of our modern society and a return to the dark days of medievalism when there was never enough food and people routinely starved. These misguided people do NOT speak for the majority and they must be stopped.
Matt Audley, Postgraduate Student
Food security and environmental sustainability are serious issues. Destroying research on the basis of (occasionally wilful) ignorance will help no-one.
Mike Seymour, Compnay director
We need research to better understand the present and future crop and food options. Any damage of experimental work at Rotansted Research could not only hazard this particualr project at an early and critical stage but could also risk destroying other long term research projects.
Stefan Rauschen, scientific officer
Such actions are undemocratic, because they trample the democratically adopted permit procedures for field trials. Activists are not above the democratically adopted laws. It is therefore disheartening and disappointing that some politicians have publicly praised such actions as signs of ‘public courage’. Such criminal damage and threats made towards approved research and the persons involved, disrupts innovation and research that is designed to address the important challenges of food security and environmental protection. Actions taken to destroy research and threaten researchers should be seen as the illegal and immoral acts they are.
Neil Shephard, Statistician
Science is the most useful tool we have of understanding our world with a view to manipulating and improving it. Its short-sighted of the protesters, a fair proportion of whom no doubt "buy organic" to think that the worlds burgeoning population can be sustained on current practices. There are already millions of people starving around the world. Agriculture needs to change to sustain the people we have now, let alone those of the future.
Catherine Sloan, Teacher
The protesters seem ill-informed, reactionary, and only agree to engage in democratic discussion with the caveat that they won't listen. We can't allow researchers to be bullied in this way.
L sweeting & son, Contractor/farmer
Without research we cannot move on and feed the world in the coming years. (wheat yields are much the same as 10 years ago ) it must be right to use less pesticide/fertilizer if this is possible by gm.
John Clements, Former Science Secretary
To ensure that the benefits of ETHICALLY-APPROVED scientific research are made available to the wider public
Zuzana van der Werf, Researcher
Scientific research plays very important role in achieving sustainable development
D Coppen, Director
This research has the potential to significantly reduce pesticide inputs based on a naturally-occurring plant-based compound. To oppose such research is short-sightedly dogmatic in the extreme.
Begbroke Science Park, Oxford University, Director Begbroke Science Park
The science research in question is about improving life on the planet, and it must be vigorously defended against the sort of misinformation put out by the "anti-progress" lobby groups.
Dattée Yvette, Plant genetist
scientific researh is mecessary to develop usefull applications for environnement and mankind
Simon McQueen-Mason, Scientist
As a species, we need to find sustainable ways to feed our growing population, while reducing the environmental harm caused by agriculture. We need to do this from a basis of broad understanding, and making best use of our knowledge and resources.
Patty Clayton, economist
David Spiegelhalter, Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk
If we can reduce uncertainty we can reduce risk
Dominic Allkins, Marketing
This research, along with all other branches of research, are needed to help us advance our knowledge and make the planet a safer and better place.
David Flint, Managment Consultant
We can't know what works and with what side-effects without research.