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Food and drink industry should reopen GM debate

The debate on GM food should be reopened it has been suggested

The food and drink industry in the UK needs to give "serious consideration" to reopening the debate on the use of genetically-modified (GM) foods.

That is the view of Barbara Gallani, director of food safety and science at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), who said GM produce can potentially offer environmental and safety benefits in a time of food shortage.

"FDF believes that modern biotechnology, including GM, offers enormous potential to improve the quality and quantity of the food supply," she remarked, adding scientific investigation is needed on order to assess the impact such technology will have on the food industry.

Ms Gallani was commenting after Professor Sir John Beddington, the government's chief scientific adviser, advocated the use of GM in an interview with the BBC, stating it should be used if it is safe and can address food-related problems that cannot be solved through other means.

He warned climate change may bring with it new diseases that could affect the food supply in the future.

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