The Microbiology Society sees significant potential in the use of biotechnology research to mitigate food insecurity and the use of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) as just one of the many tools in the researcher’s toolbox that, with rigorous legislative and ethical review, may yield products or processes to improve food security. The Society will continue to inform the debate about the use of such technology.
In the summer of 2012, when plant scientists from the publicly funded Rothamsted Research appealed for discussion not destruction of their GM wheat crop trial, the public came out in their support.
More than 6000 people signed the Don't Destroy Research petition. You can see a collection of public support for the Rothamsted researchers' appeal by visiting Sense About Science.
The day of action aimed at destroying the wheat crop failed and the trial is ongoing.