Eastern Region Denied GMO Debate Jun03
yesterday's launch of 'GM Nation - The Public Debate', a nationwide public
discussion around GM issues, there has been intense criticism of the
Government's choice of venues for the six regional conferences to be held
across Britain this month.
in its absence is the East of England, the biggest arable farming area in
the UK and host to many of the recent GM field trials. Bashir Khanbhai,
Euro MP for the East of England has strongly criticized the Government's
"In failing to organize a
public GMO debate in the East of England the Government is ignoring the
views of both farmers and consumers in an area considered to be the grain
basket of Britain! These people deserve the opportunity to express their
opinions and learn more about this issue, but they simply aren't being
given the chance."
response to constant requests from his constituents, many wanting to air
their concerns on GMOs but others looking to find out more about the
technology, Mr Khanbhai is holding an open debate "Biotechnology in
Agriculture" on the 24th June, 2003 at the John Innes Centre in
on the debate, Mr Khanbhai said: "This
event is primarily for farmers, but will also be open to other interested
parties who wish to have an informal exchange with some of Britain's best
scientists in the field.
"The Government has so far
failed to educate the British public on the science of GMOs, resulting in
widespread confusion, this debate will allow my constituents to question
the experts and find out for themselves."