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.
Rose Jeeves, Research Scientist
This is not the work of mad Dr Frankensteins. It is the work of hardworking scientists with a positive vision of the future. Don't perform a senseless act of violence to destroy something that is potentially of immense value.
Jonathan Syer, Research Scientist
Anyone who would destroy research just doesn't get the point of it. Entirely selfish to even suggest such a move. I am signing on behalf of myself.
Mathew Hall, Postgraduate Research Student
Julie Ebersole, GIS Analyst
Kevin Mulholland, Administrator
If there is any harm from these organisms it will only be found via rigorous scientific study, studies that prove impossible when groups of luddites burn experiments in progress. This needs to be dealt with or we will be stuck in limbo, and the UK will be a hostile environment for the burgeoning GMO industry, and we will lose both the opportunities for research and development by UK industries, and the use of useful products from foreign companies.
Tony Vincent, Company Director
Here's hoping that the activists have an outbreak of rationality and you can get some decent results from your experiment. Good Luck !
James Peacock, cycling around the world
GM hysteria again? Wonderful
Duncan C. Hill, Local government admin
Zachary Altass, Unemployed
Jon Lloyd, Consultant
Kevin Bennett, I.T. Manager
Research is vital for the development of mankind's future. Scientifically illiterate people must not be allowed to stand in the way of legitimate research.
Andrew Ian Dodge, freelance writer/US Senate candidate
Iain Murray, Think Tank Vice President
Stephen Cromwell, Brand Manager
As someone who lives locally, I support this trial.
Daniele Sordi, Software Development Project Manager
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Matthew Hicks, Microbiologist
Ian Banks, Student
George Rowley, Student
It's absolutely deplorable that the protesters are shunning open, rational discourse in favour of bullish action. It truly leads me to question their motives, are they genuinely in it for the public good or are they just vandals which are attempting to excuse themselves with their zealotry?
Steven Kiddle, Research Scientist
Instead of active engagement these protestors just want to waste tax-payers money (research is tax-payer funded), people in America have been planting and eating GM for years with no ill effects, and when the science is understood there is little reason to believe that harm can be caused unless intended.
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