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Against anti-science

Anti-GM campaigners are Britain's equivalent of the religious right in the US.

By Dick Taverne   December 1999

The debate about GM food arouses strong emotions and affects important business interests. Let me, therefore, begin by stating some basic personal beliefs. First, I believe our lack of concern for the environment is perhaps the greatest threat to the future of civilised society. Accordingly I have supported Friends of the Earth from the early 1970s until recently. Environmental considerations were also one reason why, with the advantage of residence in central London, I gave up a car in favour of a bicycle more than 25 years ago. Second, I am not a scientist, but I believe the lack of…

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