GM Good For Environment Says Guardian
Crops genetically modified to poison pests can deliver significant environmental benefits, according to a study spanning two decades and 1.5m square kilometres. The benefits extended to non-GM crops in neighbouring fields, researchers found...."Insecticide use usually kills the natural enemies of pests and weakens the biocontrol services that they provide," said Professor Kongming Wu at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing, who led the research team. "Transgenic crops reduce insecticide use and promote the population increase of natural enemies. Therefore, we think that this is a general principle."
Professor Guy Poppy, an ecologist at the University of Southampton, said the scale of the work gave "robust" results that ended a long-running debate pitting plant scientists against ecologists. ..
But not with your average Guardian commentator..
13 June 2012 6:23PM
Luddite I may well be. I do not want GM crops,I do not see them as `progress`, we have to get it ito our heads that just because we technologically can do something, we should ask ourselves should we do it. The whole debate about GM and whether it is good or bad has no relevance if the planet suffers, our earth and all the things within it. I don`t care if we feed more people, there are already too many of us to make our race sustainable and we cannot continue in our ridiculous idea that no matter what we want to do will have no long term effect on this fragile eco system, Come back and tell me, dear scientists, that after 100 years of trials all is well and keep all your research open for all to cross check and away from commercial manipulation, then I might believe you.