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  questions & answers
 
 

CropGen's panel of specialists answer some of the most frequently asked questions about crop biotechnology

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  Is it harmful? Could it be harmful in the future? What harm / damage could it do to the world? Do the people who do it know if it can harm us?
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  Could it harm me and my family? Could it harm future generations? Will eating GM foods undermine my health?
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  Aren't many people worried about new allergies?
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  Could harm be caused by:
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  Don't Pusztai’s experiments with GM potatoes show harm to rats who ate them?
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  Could harm take the form of allergic reactions, new diseases or a general negative effect on health?
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  Will they be able to cope with problems / treat any new diseases that arise?
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  Could jobs be lost?
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  What will happen to ordinary farmers?
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  How will farming in the UK progress and compete?
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  What could be the effects of the commercialisation of GM crops in the UK?
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  Could corporations end up controlling the food chain?
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  Could world climate change be affected? What does the future hold re food, energy, environment etc?
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  What effect might GM have on the environment? Is it destroying nature as we know it? What will the effect be on natural (non-GM?) crops / wildlife?
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  What about pesticide harm?
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  What effects do the GM crops in the UK have on nearby plants?
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  Will insect-resistant GM crops create resistance in the insects feeding on them?
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  Do GM crops affect diversity in the countryside?
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  Are the isolation distances used in the current farm scale GM trials sufficient?