UPDATE: GM Wheat Protest Group Says It's Happy to Talk

It's hard to imagine campaigners and scientists will resolve their differences, but they must seize this opportunity for open dialogueWill something come of it after all? On Tuesday, crop scientists at one of Britain's leading agricultural centres pleaded with anti-GM campaigners to call off plans to trash a field trial of GM wheat. They invited the protesters to discuss the work instead. In response, the campaigners proposed an open debate where both sides could air their views in public. To this, the researchers have agreed. The time and venue are now being worked out.The dialogue between scientists who work on GM crops and anti-GM groups has rarely been a productive one. Many scientists give talks about their work, and host open days where the public can stroll around their labs and hear the science explained. But campaigners argue that their concerns are brushed aside, either by the scientists themselves, or by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, or its advisory committee on releases t

UPDATE: GM Wheat Protest Group Says It's Happy to Talk

Activists, in response to open letter, maintain threat to uproot test field

Thu 3 May 12 from Science Now

New threat to sabotage GM wheat test field

Protesters have renewed their threat to sabotage a scientific site where a strain of genetically modified wheat is being tested outdoors.

Wed 2 May 12 from The Independent

U.K. Researchers Plea With Protesters to Leave Plants Alone

Scientists in the United Kingdom are hoping that a direct, impassioned appeal to protesters...

Wed 2 May 12 from Science Now

'Talk to us' plea by GM crop team

Scientists developing genetically genetically modified wheat ask campaigners to come for a chat rather than ruin their experimental plots.

Tue 1 May 12 from BBC News

Threats spook UK's GM crop researchers

Scientists at the UK's leading agricultural research centre are pleading with protestors not to destroy an experimental wheat plantation.  Read more

Tue 1 May 12 from Nature News Blogs

Respect the need to experiment with GM crops

A rare trial of genetically modified wheat is under threat from activists. Trample it and you trample knowledge itself, says John Pickett

Tue 1 May 12 from Newscientist

Scientists send open letter to anti-GM protesters pleading with them not to destroy 'years of work'

Scientists working on a new generation of genetically modified crops have sent an open letter to anti-GM protesters pleading with them not to destroy "years of work" by attacking their research ...

Tue 1 May 12 from The Independent

A chance to move the GM debate on | Ian Sample

It's hard to imagine campaigners and scientists will resolve their differences, but they must seize this opportunity for open dialogueWill something come of it after all? On Tuesday, crop scientists ...

Fri 4 May 12 from Guardian.co.uk

GM food saboteurs only destroy vital new knowledge | Howard Atkinson

I have seen first-hand how GM activism holds back crucial progress in how the UK and developing world feed themselvesI read with particular interest the open letter by Rothamsted Research to ...

Fri 4 May 12 from Guardian.co.uk

Letters: Balancing needs and fears in the GM crop debate

On Wednesday's Today programme a spokesman for the Rothamsted biologists doing the "urging" (Scientists send video plea to anti-GM crop campaigners, 1 May) described the already planted areas ...

Thu 3 May 12 from Guardian.co.uk

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