GM crops are probably safer than conventional plants, according to the Environment Secretary.
Making the strongest call yet for the adoption of the technology, Mr Paterson told the BBC that that GM has significant benefits for farmers, consumers and the environment.
He said the next generation of GM crops offers the “most wonderful opportunities to improve human health.”
But green groups say this new push is dangerous and misguided.
The environment secretary has never made a secret of his support for GM technology. Speaking to the BBC ahead of a major speech in favour of GM, Mr Paterson said it was being adopted by the rest of the world and the UK and Europe risked being left behind.
He dismissed criticisms that GM could pose problems to human health.
“The use of more precise technology and the greater regulatory scrutiny probably make GMOs even safer than than conventional plants and food,” he said.
Once again, it seems, the UK government is ignoring the mounting scientific evidence of the danger of genetically modified food, and of genetic engineering in its many forms. Furthermore, they are dismissing the growing opposition of consumers, around the world.