UK scientists win £6.4m grant to develop GM cereal
15 July 2012
Reacting to news today that the Gates Foundation has awarded British scientists with a £6.4m grant to develop GM cereals, Friends of the Earth Food and Farming Campaigner Kirtana Chandrasekaran said:
"With the global population rising fast and climate change impacts starting to bite we need to invest in tackling the world's food problems - but GM crops are not the solution.
"The reality of GM crops to date is chemical-heavy production that degrades soil, drains water and rides roughshod over local communities.
"GM crops have over-promised and under-delivered - this grant would be better spent helping developing countries build on their traditional knowledge to develop diverse and resilient farming systems that meet local needs."
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Last modified: Jul 2012