View from the fence

Social, environmental and economic issues surrounding GM foods, and the latest news


Jean-Claude Juncker, Greenpeace and ‘Madness’

This week nine environmental charities (including Greenpeace) wrote to Jean-Claude Junker requesting the abolition of the position of Chief Scientific Advisor to the President of the European Commission.

The scientific community rallied together to write counter-letters to Mr Junker, speaking out in support of the Chief Scientific Advisor position and its role in evidence-based policy making. I’m pleased to say that I’m a member of two organisations which signed one of these letters. Continue reading

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Go with the consensus

I wanted to quickly share some words of wisdom from Nobel Laureate Sir Paul Nurse, who I was lucky enough to see speak at a recent event in Parliament.

First, he gave a quote which speaks for itself: “Data trumps everything, even the most beautiful theory.” I hope more people can remember this when dealing with the GM crops debate. Continue reading