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.
Jalen Lyle-Holmes, Customer service consultant
Robert Macfarlane, Biosecurity
To enquire is human, we must continue to enquire if we are to survive. Fear of the future/change will hold us back. Scientists will have to learn to deal with the 'outrage' generated by the popular press and articulate but misguided people.
Josep Relat-Goberna, PhD student
Jane Allison, Teacher
Jacqueline Barker, Plant Molecular Geneticist/Biochemist
GM technology has so much to offer us – it is NOT ‘haphazard’ or ‘poorly understood’ by those who study it! Billions of GM experiments have been performed by scientists in the UK and all over the world in contained environmental conditions and there is no better way to test the environmental interactions of the GM crop than IN the ENVIRONMENT! Isn’t this what the anti-GM campaigners are calling for? The trial at Rothamsted aims to do just that in a controlled and well-regulated manner. TTFB and GM Freeze need to GET REAL and educated! I was upset that such scientifically-ignorant, minority groups destroyed my right to CHOOSE to eat GM-produced food in the 90’s and I find it unbelievable that they still presume they have the right to destroy any opportunity that scientists (professional qualified skilled experts by the way) now have to directly test their evidence-based scientific hypotheses, developed from previous experiments conducted over and over in the lab and in contained environments. Unbiased research of GMOs in the field is VITAL for safe, sustainable food and energy production to meet our future needs and is urgently required right here right now!
Daniel Callaghan, PhD. Student
Helena Slusarczyk, pharmacist
Victoria Benjamin, Postgraduate Student
Helen Ougham, Retired
This work is carried out for the most altruistic of motives - to help farmers produce safe food while minimising the impact on the environment. Trashing the experiment and refusing to engage in reasoned discussion reminds me forcibly of the destruction of artworks in the name of religious fundamentalism. It's not the hallmark of civilized human beings.
Paulo Ramos, Software Engineer
One could be biased and fight for a ban on water because it causes drowning, metal corrosion, slippery roads... Being biased toward science means no use of reasoning.
Elena Markoska, student
Christopher Ford, Research Associate
While I do not support all GM crops, this research is clearly scientifically and ethically justified. The protestors concerns are misplaced. I hope that any illegal damage to this crop is strongly prevented and robustly punished.
Zbyszek Matuszewski, IT, Programmer
Science is one of the best things that we as a human race have. Don't destroy it because you don't understand it and have some fears about it. You can do better thing: try to understand it, think and ask questions on your own. Agression without understanding and having good reason will never bring any good.
Benjamin Connell, Student
Gary Longshaw, Business development
The quest for understanding drives advancement and improvement in our understanding of the world we live in. It has provided solutions to many seemingly insurmountable problems that have plagued humanity throughout the ages. It promises many more such solutions in tbe future. Dont be afraid of something because you dont understand it. Take the opportunity to listen, and learn. Many of the so called Greens wouldnt even be here were it not for the miracles that science has provided in the past.
Simon Whitten, Student
Sebastian Szymbor , programmer
Carol Smith, Retired
Please keep up the good work and hopefully help to end world poverty and under fed people all over the world. If we do not do the research how can we know what is right.
Julien Cornebise, Mathematical Consultant
Philip Moses, Unemployed