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Saturday, March 26, 2005
 
Study proves growing GM crops has negative impact on wildlife

JAMES REYNOLDS
ENVIRONMENT CORRESPONDENT
22 March 2005

Key points
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

Key quote
"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

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