Princess Anne: Genetically-modified crops have benefits
Princess Anne has said genetically-modified crops have important benefits for providing food and she would be open to growing them on her own land.
She told BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today “we have to accept” the process could help production and livestock health.
Her brother, the Prince of Wales, has previously warned GM crops could cause an environmental disaster.
But Princess Anne said: “To say we mustn’t go there ‘just in case’ is probably not a practical argument.”
In an interview with the rural affairs programme to be broadcast on Thursday, the 66-year-old Princess Royal said she saw no problem with modifying crops if it improved their ability to grow.
“Gene technology has got real benefits to offer,” said Princess Anne, who is a working farmer and patron of nearly 50 countryside organisations.
She said gene technology would “maybe have an occasional downside but I suspect not very many”.
She added that she would be happy to use GM for crops and livestock on her own farming estate, Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire.
“We grow some very good plants here remarkably easily,” she said. “I don’t see the problem in saying ‘is there something we could do to improve their abilities?'”
Princess Anne talked about the difficulties she has experienced developing rare-breed cattle, adding long-term investment to develop suitable genetic modification to help improve their health would be a “bonus”.
she is correct of course..it benefits monsanto..nothing else..
“But Princess Anne said: “To say we mustn’t go there ‘just in case’ is probably not a practical argument.”
its not “just in case”..its proven dipshit..
“She said gene technology would “maybe have an occasional downside but I suspect not very many”.