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GM Debate - Newsnight

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Published on May 18, 2012

For the first time, a television debate, broadcast on 17 May, gave farming leaders for and against the trial the opportunity to put forward their cases.

Anti-GM campaigners

During the live debate, which included some heated exchanges of opinions, Dorset farmer Jyoti Fernandes, who was representing Take the Flour Back, was repeatedly asked whether activists would carry out their threats to trash the crop.

But she refused to give scientists from Rothamsted any assurances that their experimental trial of Cadenza wheat, which has been genetically engineered to repel aphids, would not be pulled up.

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