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Monsanto pull back is turning point in GM march - George

May 11, 2004 1:12 PM

Commenting on announcements by US agri-chemical company Monsanto, that it will not try to market the world's first genetically modified wheat, Andrew George MP, Liberal Democrat Food and Rural Affairs Spokesperson, said:

"This decision could mark a turning point in the onward march of GM companies across the globe.

"Public anxiety about the impact of GM on the environment and failure of those companies who pushes this technology to reassure them is resulting in increased scepticism of the benefits of GM.

"Recent research in northern America, which seriously questions the environmental benefits of genetically modified soya is undermining public and farmer confidence in this technology.

"Even one of the biggest biotech giants now recognises that GM crops are not all what they cut up to be."