Oh dear, it appears that the government has been caught out again. According to a report in the Independent, a government sponsored study has shown large scale transfter of genetic material between GM crops in trials and nearby non-GM crops. Typically, the government tried to bury this news by releasing a heavily edited report on Christmas eve, the one day of the year when no newspapers are being prepared for publication.
The report is the result of six years of trials, and is the longest in-depth study of its kind ever undertaken. Given the governments consistent support for GM crops, despite every survey ever undertaken showing opposition from the public, it’s an explosive issue politically.
Gene flow is not in itself damaging to the environment, but it does mean that should the GM crop prove to be in some way damaging, the liklihood of controlling its spread is significantly lower.
Why does the governmenf want to bury this? Or, rather, why is the government so positive about GM? Partly, it’s because the government is easily dazzled by shiny new technology. In that sense, Blair is very like Wilson, with his “white heat of technology”. But there’s also a complete lack of critical ability about what companies that sell GM crops are telling them, because – as has been proved again and again – Blair and his cohort don’t understand business, and the fact that businesses will lie to further profits. The business of business is profits, not truth.