Ministers launch PR drive to shake off ‘Frankenstein food’ image of GM crops.

Pie’s Comment:
Read this in today’s Mail. Prepare for loads more of this normalising of genetically modified stuff. Thye will dip feed this until the “Sheeple” think it’s OK to eat food made out of human embryo’s or whatever disgusting crazy stuff they dream up.

  • Environment Secretary Owen Paterson says the government ‘must not be afraid’ of pushing genetically modified food
  • In Oxford Farming Conference Speech he admits public still needs reassurance that GM is safe
  • Minister also calls for Olympic backing of Team GB to get behind Britain’s farmers to cut the level of imported food

By MATT CHORLEY, MAILONLINE POLITICAL EDITOR

PUBLISHED: 10:15, 3 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:53, 3 January 2013

A PR campaign to change the image of genetically modified food is to be launched by the government.

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson wants farmers, scientists and ministers to increase the appeal of so-called Frankenstein Foods among the public.

In a speech today to the Oxford Farming Conference, Mr Paterson insists there are ‘great opportunities’ in pushing GM technology , but admitted the public need reassurance that it is safe.

Since last summer’s reshuffle, Mr Paterson has repeatedly backed GM’s role in keeping food supplies secure.

He has dismissed complaints as ‘humbug’ and claimed ‘there isn’t a single piece of meat being served [in a typical London restaurant] where a bullock hasn’t eaten some GM feed’.

GM crops were grown on 395 million acres in 29 countries in 2011, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

In today’s speech Mr Paterson said: ‘I fully appreciate the strong feelings on both sides of the debate. GM needs to be considered in its proper overall context with a balanced understanding of the risks and benefits.

‘We should not, however, be afraid of making the case to the public about the potential benefits of GM beyond the food chain, for example, significantly reducing the use of pesticides and inputs such as diesel.

 

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