IFR supports call for more balanced regulation of GM

14th March 2014

The Institute of Food Research fully supports the Council for Scientific Technology’s advice, published this morning, on the regulation of genetically modified crops. The scientific evidence has consistently shown no intrinsic risks in the genetic modification process itself, so the regulations should reflect that and focus on testing the product itself, rather than the technology. GM has the potential to deliver nutritionally enhanced foods, but currently their public good benefits cannot be fully realised. The challenges facing society in feeding a global population continue to grow. We need to use all available technologies, including GM, to enhance nutrition and produce more food, more sustainably.