Well folks, it starts again!!!
Field trials of GM potatoes are on the cards for Ireland......
BASF have applied to the Irish EPA for permission to carry out field trials of GM spuds that have improved resistance to the late potato blight fungus Phytopthora infestans.
I bore witness to the messy debate that occured in the late 90's when Monsanto carried out trials of GM suger beet (97,98 and 99).......six of which were destroyed by so called activists!!!
As the players come out swinging in the next coming weeks and months on the issue of GM crops/food in Ireland I will be providing commentary on the statements and spin issued on both sides of the debate!!!.....
I will try to add some analysis and commentary in a little more depth than the media can.....
But who am I.......well for what its worth, I have a science degree, graduate research carried out on the public perceptions of GM food, published scientific papers on the topic of GM food, previosuly worked as regulator of biotechnology derived products in Canada , etc. etc. (yawn)
Be warned the Anti-GMOesr and the PRO-GMOers............you are being watched!!!!
Lets try keep it real this time (i.e. ANTI-folks, there are no Scorpion genes in these spuds!!; Pro-folks these GM spuds will not feed the world!!)
LET THE 'BIOPOLITICS' BEGIN................!
(Next post: A no holds barred profile of the players!!!!)