Thursday, August 14, 2008

Scientists condemn 'ill-informed, negative' Prince over GM crops warning

The Prince of Wales was accused of launching an ignorant rant about genetically modified crops last night after claiming that the technology would cause “the biggest environmental disaster of all time” and lead to “no food in the future”.

The Prince's comments, in which he blamed GM food and modern agriculture for environmental and social problems such as climate change and food shortages, were described by leading scientists as “shockingly ill-informed”.

Plant researchers said that he had completely misunderstood the benefits and risks of GM crops, which the Prince labelled a “gigantic experiment with nature and the whole of humanity that has gone seriously wrong”. They also ridiculed his contention that agricultural biotechnology was contributing to major challenges such as global warming.

Mike Childs, campaigns director of Friends of the Earth, defended the Prince's comments, however, saying that GM crops had been exaggerated as a potential weapon against world hunger.

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