Food fight

日期:2017-04-16 06:56:23 作者:邵殆 阅读:

By Andy Coghlan ARGUMENTS surrounding the safety of genetically engineered food descended into farce in Britain last week. A high-profile public debate on the subject ended in recrimination as a panellist stormed from the podium. Meanwhile, the pressure group Genetics Forum came under fire for issuing a misleading press release suggesting that Stephen Hawking of the University of Cambridge had recently spoken out against genetic engineering. The acrimonious public debate, entitled “Genetically modified food: yes or no?”, took place at the British Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting in Cardiff. It was organised by the charitable Novartis Foundation, and an edited version is to be broadcast around the world on BBC World Service radio. One panellist, Ian Taylor of Greenpeace, claims he was “stitched up” by being the lone voice against genetic engineering in a panel of four. His anger erupted as Lord Mustill, chairman of the panel and a trustee of the Novartis Foundation, made a closing speech. Taylor interrupted and called for the panellists to declare whether they were for or against genetically altered food. Derek Burke, another panellist who formerly advised the British government on the safety of engineered food, then left in disgust. “I left because he was so rude to the chairman,” says Burke. Genetics Forum, meanwhile, had circulated a press release suggesting that Britain’s best-known scientist was backing its campaign against engineered food, under the headline: “Hawking rejects rush to genetic releases.” One national newspaper, The Express, ran the item as a major story in its first edition,