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Consumers should have the right to know if they are eating GM food

The consumer right to information about food must over-ride debate about pros and cons of GM food

Source:  Copyright 2013, Guardian
Date:  April 19, 2013
Original URL: Status ONLINE

The frontpage of today's Daily Mail is dominated by the headline, "Let Farms Grow GM Says PM's Top Scientist". The paper has long warned its readers about the perceived dangers of GM foods. A decade or so ago, its persistent campaigning on the issue was a key reason why the "frankenfood" moniker gained traction and why shoppers – and hence supermarkets – turned their back on the technology.

So it is noteworthy that one of the country's most influential newspapers should now choose to return to the topic – which has largely remained on the back burner for a decade – with such prominence. The top line of the story itself is fairly innocuous. After all, we already knew that this government – and the last – were broadly supportive of the technology, as have been this and previous chief scientific advisors.

What's new and concerning for the Mail, I suspect, is the comment by Sir Mark Walport that GM food is "inexorably rising up the agenda again because as a ...

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