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Fresh challenges in the great GM debate.

On both sides of the GM divide yesterday, there was agreement that politicians could be increasingly interested in GM technology due to recent shortages of food and rapid price rises.

Pembrokeshire potato farmer Walter Simon, who supports GM crops, said: "For quite a while the public and politicians have been more interested in looking after the landscape and flowers than in food. I think that's changing now, because rising prices are symptoms of the fact that we've got a shortage of grains in the world. That changed the politicians' view of the world for food production."

Patrick Holden, director of the Soil Association, said there was a "danger" politicians would think GM food a good idea. "There are some significant politicians close to the lever of power who have a belief that GM could deliver a new era of greater food security. How would a politician who has never farmed, or been directly involved in agriculture, know better?"
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 22, 2008
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