Study proves growing GM crops has negative impact on wildlife
22 March 2005
• Scientific study finds GM crops inhibit weeds affecting natural food chain
• One company withdraws EU GM crop application following result
• Scientists collected 1m weeds, 2m insects in world's biggest ecological study
"The trials demonstrate the government’s precautionary approach on GM crops and our firm commitment to case-by-case decisions are underpinned by sound scientific evidence" - Elliot Morely, environment minister
Story in full A MAJOR study has confirmed growing genetically modified crops can harm wildlife.
Government-commissioned scientists compared GM winter-sown oilseed rape with a conventional version of the crop, and found that fewer broad leaved weeds and their seeds were present in fields where the GM herbicide-tolerant oilseed rape was grown. Flowers of such weeds are important as food for insects, while the seeds are a major source of sustenance for farmland birds.
The study, published yesterday, found fewer bees and butterflies in the GM crop compared with the conventional oilseed rape.
From: The Scotsman