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October 16, 2003 12:00 AM

Tractor in a field.Commenting on the publication of the farm-scale evaluation results for three GM crops today, Andrew George MP, Liberal Democrat Shadow Rural Affairs Secretary, said:

"The Government cannot give the go-ahead for GM crops in the UK on the basis of this report.

"Every step of the way, official research has shown the public need much more reassurance. No responsible Government would permit the commercial planting of GM crops under current circumstances.

"The public doesn't want it, supermarkets won't stock the stuff, there are major environmental concerns and there are no benefits to our farmers.

"The question must now be - why on earth would the Government say 'Yes' to GMs?"