No jobs should be lost in agriculture following the introduction of herbicide-tolerant crops to the UK. Instead, as further crops are developed with qualities such as improved nutritional properties, or oilseeds used for specific industrial purposes, more jobs could well be created, both on the farm and within the rural economy.

All advances in method and technology result in some change of job pattern; once blacksmiths were common, now they have been replaced by many more car mechanics. Every industrial advance has been feared and vehemently resisted as causing job losses yet the number of jobs has steadily increased so that today the UK has more people in work than ever before. Some sorts of jobs (perhaps in the chemical industry, making pesticides and perhaps fertilisers) may be lost but others will be created, just as throughout history.


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28. Could jobs be lost?