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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.
Ted C. MacRae, Senior Research Entomologist
Benefits of GM crops have been well-documented by volumes of objective, peer-reviewed research, while significant negative impacts have yet to be demonstrated after nearly two decades. Perhaps that is why the anti-GM movement has also become anti-science.
Phil Fox, physicist
To improve the living conditions of people around the world - now and into the future.
Phil Wall, accountant
This particular research its needed to reduce toxins in the environment. Wheat its already grown. What do the protestors think is going to happen when we have a different variety?
Foundation for Biotechnology Awareness, Executive Secretary, FBAE
Science research is aimed at improving the quality of life.
Elissa Fazio, entrepeneur
Scientific research is the only way to find out how things really work in the world. No other method of investigation is self-correcting.
Tim Daw, Farmer
I prefer the use of science rather than superstition to feed the world, and attacks on responsible scientific research are an attack on reason and logic.
Nicole Davis, Claims Representative
Nothing has been "naturally occurring" since man began irrigating the first of their agriculture. Prove it's harmful, woo-meisters, then we'll talk about not manufacturing easier crops.
Dr.N.Chandrasekhara Rao, Associate Professor
Because millions of people will starve otherwise.
Marcus Kessler, student (bioinformatics)
Destroying research that may feed people and reduce the amount of pesticides used is anti-human, and anti-environmental. Do not believe these ideologues who pretend to be "green", but neither know nor care about the actual environmental cost of their actions.
Karl Haro von Mogel, Ph.D. Candidate in Plant Genetics
Defending important scientific research is defending the worthy pursuit of knowledge. This wheat experiment and many others like it are important not only because of the crucial knowledge we may gain as a society, but also because of the potential to serve the greater good in an increasingly important field (literally) - of food. I stand with the researchers working on this experiment, and if I was on the other side of the Atlantic, I would personally block the path of would-be vandals who wish to prevent an inconvenient truth from being discovered at the site. That truth is that maybe genetic engineering in agriculture can be used for good - which is an idea that they cannot tolerate. Enemies of truth must never prevail.
Mark Juers, Steelworker/Student
The pursuit of knowledge benefits everyone at every level of society.
Dr. B. Fakrudin, Associate Professor
This is true and environment friendly
Thomas R. DeGregori, Development Economist
Science/scientific research isneeded as a continuing problem solving process that makes the world a better place for everyone. My profession as a development economist is to use science to address issues of hunger and poverty.
Cori Zimmer, Biology Student
AlpenglowInternet.com, Website Designer
Basic research like this has the possibility to save lives around the world. Access to reliable crops for starving people is crucial. Poor people barely have the means to purchase the seed, let alone the fertilizers, pesticides and other stuff needed to grow these highly specialized crops. Genetic research like this can help poor people around the world become self sufficient. It could change their lives forever.
Scientific research is our best tool for overcoming human ignorance and inadequacy. All crop development and animal breeding from time immemorial has been nothing but an old-fashioned form of GM. The modern GM methods the activists are protesting about are faster and safer than the old and therefore to be preferred. The activists are no more than Luddites whose actions will extend the suffering of the world's poor.
Jez MacDonald, Web Developer
Destroying research is as bad as burning books.
Mary Mangan, genomics software trainer
I once sat in a room where the stem cell research we needed to do was denied and barred by philosophical objections of the Bush administration. I hate to see other scientists subjected to similar barriers--and in this case even physical threats. It's wrong to interfere with this work. I hope the protesters will take a hard look at themselves and see if that is the image they want for themselves: opponents of scientific research in the mold of the Bush team. I'll bet that would make them uncomfortable if they really thought it through.
Corissa Zimmer, Biology student
Every scientist should have the right to conduct humane research without the threats of terrorists who do not understand what they seek to destroy.
Mr. Galen Davis, Unemployed former biotech employee
Science is independent from ideologies. If we want to base our civilization on reason, we need to defend science!
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