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News last update:6 Aug 2012

GM plants found in conventional UK crop

Genetically modified oilseed rape has been found in Somerset fields in the UK where trials of non-modified crops were being carried out.

A Defra investigation shows that the unapproved seed was accidentally sewn in the field, rather than there being any suggestion of cross-fertilisation between GM and non-GM plants.

The type of GM seed is approved for animal feed in the EU, but not for cultivation.

The seed harvested from this trial, and an adjacent trial of spring oil seed rape, has been identified and is now being securely stored while the GM Inspectorate continues its investigation.

None of the seed has been transported onwards to other destinations and the investigation has confirmed no other oilseed rape crops were grown in the vicinity at the time of the trial.

Exhibition on GM foods
The announcement coincides with the launch of an exhibition at London's Science Museum on genetically modified foods which seeks to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to information on the controversial crops.

The exhibition, Future Foods, attempts to present a balanced picture, getting away from the Frankenstein foods and saviour-of -the -world's-hungry hype, explaining what genetic modification is as well as outlining benefits and risks and hopes and fears.

It asks visitors where they stand in today's GM debate by presenting them with the latest scientific evidence. The exhibition will run until June.

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