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Greens Selective In Interpretation Of EU Research

Green Party And Organic Sector Very Selective In Interpretation Of EU Research

The Green Party and organic sector advocates should show more caution in their public statements about recently published EU research which models impacts of GM agriculture on organic production, the Chairman of the Life Sciences Network, Dr William Rolleston said today.

“The computerised study is highly dependent on the scenarios which have been created as the basis of impact assessment.

“The scientists who conducted the study have urged caution in interpreting the result – something the Green Party and the organic spokespeople seem to be unable to do.

“Unfortunately, while they are urging extreme caution on everyone else, the opponents of responsible use of GM don’t want to exercise any restraint at all in the way they paint information which can be manipulated to support their cause.

“It is irresponsible to selectively use some of the information and deliberately exclude those facts which don’t support your preconceived notions. They are not doing the public any favours at all.

“The European studies are interesting and provide a reason for more detailed research under actual conditions in the field, rather than on computer.

“It was interesting to note the EU scientists report there is also a range of scenarios which have vastly different outcomes to those which have been latched onto by the Green Party and organic sector,” concluded Dr Rolleston.

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