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Genetic modification gets royal warning - International Herald Tribune

LONDON: Prince Charles of Britain said Wednesday that the widespread use of genetically modified crops would be the biggest environmental disaster of all time.

The 59-year-old heir to the British throne is well known for supporting organic farming, but his comments published in an interview with The Daily Telegraph were his most outspoken yet on GMO foods.

His views will strike a chord in Britain where biotech crops - widely grown in North and South America - have faced significant opposition with concerns centered on food safety and possible environmental impacts.

Charles said multinational food companies were conducting a "gigantic experiment with nature and the whole of humanity which has gone seriously wrong."

If large companies took over the mass production of food, it would hurt small farmers and the environment, while "excessive approaches to modern forms of agriculture" had damaged water supplies in India's Punjab and in Western Australia, he said.

by Fran on Thu Aug 14th, 2008 at 03:13:58 PM EST
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