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- December 7, 2007: Organic long shot - the motivation for a recently published study titled "Silent Invasion - the hidden use of GM crops in livestock feed" was not so well hidden. (610 words)
- March 14, 2007: Refreshing Environmental Campaigns - campaigning on genetically modified organisms may be getting a little stale, but bio-fuels may have the credentials to become a fresh target. (600 words)
- September 21, 2005: Consumer Advocacy and Scientific Opinion - while appointing consumer advocates to scientific advisory bodies might seem an innocent political practice, it can and probably has had very unfortunate consequences. (440 words)
- April 15, 2005: GM crops - parked, not planted - UK politicians seemed to have found a place to park the issue, leaving it to civil servants in Brussels to resolve it. (800 words)
- November 2004: From Selected Dairy Farms... - a novel way that one of the big five supermarkets has chosen to promote milk sales.
- August 2004: Living Happily Side by Side - The emergence of the GM crops issue is manna from heaven for the organic movement, says David Walker.
- July 15, 2004: Crying Wolf on GM Crops - the challenge for anti-GM advocates will be credibility, once the realities of this biotechnology are generally recognized. (430 words)
- April 19, 2004: Making GM crops environmentally favoured - by accepting or rejecting GM crops on their agronomy, the UK government has hastened the replacement of conventional varieties. (625 words)
- March 11, 2004:Managing the GM Crop Approval Announcement - with near certainty on content, timing and the manner of delivery was always in doubt (525 words)
- March 11, 2004: GM Crop Approval an Environmental Victory - as the conditions attached recognized the issue of bio diversity as a criterion for approval. (625 words)
- Feb, 2, 2004: UK GM Crops, beyond Human Control? - the challenge faced with genetically modified crops relates not to their control, but to the control of political decision making. (650 words)
- Feb. 1, 2004: ANALYSIS: The challenge of political decision making - the challenge that the UK faces with genetically modified crops relates not to their control, but to the control of political decision making.
- Jan. 29, 2004: UK Politics and GM Crops - uncertainty of timing if not the eventual outcome of the commercialization of GM crops may be compremised by politics. (850 words)
- Nov. 2003:GM's could still come up smelling of roses - Results of the farm evaluation were better than some critics would have us believe.
- October 18, 2003: Too Dull a Message - The British press and media, looking for something spectacular from the Farm Scale Evaluation of GM crops, seemed to miss the implication of the findings. (470 words)
- October 16, 2003: Almost a Clean Bill of Health for GM crops - in a strict sense the British Field Scale Evaluation of GM crops gave them a clean bill of health, but the debate over their commercialization will surely continue unabated. (760 words)
- July 2003: Internet Interlocution - how the internet is used in the public debate over GM crops may be as interesting as the result.
- May 26, 2003: GM Nation - the way the medium is used by the two sides may be as interesting as the actual result of this internet based GM crops debate (600 words)
- Nov. 21, 2002: The Organic Wrangle - between a junior environment minister and the Food Standards Agency chair is doing nothing for the organic movement. (760 words)
- Sept. 20, 2002: No Soils Association Seed of Doubt - an assessment of genetically modified crops in North America says more about the publisher than the crops. (470 words)
- July 24, 2002: In Praise of Biotechnology - Prime Minister Blair's recent criticism of radical activist opposition to genetically modified crops should prompt that part of the scientific community, which might otherwise have had political reservations, to speak its mind. (650 words)
- April 17, 2002: The Eco-Mercenaries' GM market - with interest fading, it makes good business sense for them to move on to issues with better fund raising potential. (700 words)
- Feb. 6, 2002: Out Crossing and Gene Stacking - English Nature misrepresents scientific findings. (520 words)
- Jan. 28, 2002: European GM Crops, Slow Progress - While the popularity of genetically modified crops elsewhere in the world almost certainly means they will eventually be accepted in Europe, nobody expects the process to be either smooth or swift. (800 words)
- Nov. 15, 2001: GMO's, Political Reality in Europe - the aura of political correctness of opposition may not be affirmed at the ballot box. (870 words)
- Sept. 18, 2001: EU legislation for GM crops - eventual commercialization in Britain would be best served by delay in legislation proposed by the EU commission until after upcoming French and German elections.
- Sept. 17, 2001: UK Environment hurdle for GM crops lowered - Biotech Commission appears to lower the environmental hurdle for genetically modified crops while recognizing the need for more general public acceptance. (830 words)
- Aug. 16, 2001: Keeping Company with the Devil - The Canadian Wheat Board's decision to join a group opposed to genetically modified crops will be judged by too many on its politics rather than its merits. from The Western Producer by David Walker
- August 2, 2001: Bio Tech Food Fear -- A luxury poor nations can't afford, What may in affluent Europe be a delay in adopting biotech would be tragic if allowed to happen in the third World. - Bridge News Forum Opinion by David Walker
- June 28, 2001: A Strange Hybrid...Organic Food And Biotechnology -- Anti-Biotech Activists Are Faced With Fading Public Interest And
A Clean Environmental Bill Of Health For Genetically Modified Crops - Bridge News Forum Opinion by David Walker
- June 21, 2001: Some GM Crop Territory Conceded
-Anti biotech victories during the British general election were limited to Wales and within three kilometers of organic production. The government's science-based GM crop policy proved to be no embarassment. (660 words)
- May 22, 2001: In Britain, A Show Of Confidence For Biotech Foods -- The Government's Science-Based Policy On Genetically Modified Food
Seems Likely To Eliminate Serious Environmental Objections - Bridge News Forum Opinion by David Walker
- May 9, 2001: On Eve Of Election, UK Eco-Activists Are Oddly Quiet -- It Would Be Significant If Eco-Activists Lost Their Touch On The Eve Of Their Season Of Greatest Opportunity--The General Election - Bridge News Forum Opinion by David Walker
- May. 8, 2001: A general election without genetic engineering
- The British government’s science-based policy on genetically modified crops no longer looks threatened by political expediency during the general election campaign. (750 words)
- May. 4, 2001: Where are the British eco-warriors?
- The anti biotech lobby appears poorly prepared for the imminent British general elcetion with its activists seeming to have taken a break from their genetically modified crop demonstrations. (590 words)
- Feb. 15, 2001: Clearing the Biotch Deck The British government's attempt to clear the GM crops' deck before the election campaign suggests it does not want to give way on this issue. (650 words)
- Dec.16, 2000: US Starlink Surprises have lowered anxiety levels for British farmers. - an Opinion from the Crops' Farm Talk by David Walker
- Nov. 20, 2000: A UK farm perspective on the Starlink episode: Recent US Starlink corn developments have been watched nervously by most British farmers. The episode has proven to be full of surprises most of which have lowered anxiety levels.
- Nov. 14, 2000: Britain's Anti-Biotech Food Lobby Loses Some Bite. The Starlink Corn Controversy In America Has Had A Surprisingly Limited Impact Both In The US And Britain ... - Bridge News Forum Opinion by David Walker
- Oct. 21, 2000: Anti-GM warriors lose their credibility - an Opinion from the Crops' Farm Talk by David Walker
- Oct. 12, 2000: What if it was your neighbour? - Greenpeace 28's "lawful excuse" for criminal damage. from The Western Producer by David Walker
- Oct. 12, 2000: 'Open season' on GM crops in Britain? The acquittal of the Greenpeace 28 may yet backfire. - CBC editorial by David Walker
- Sept. 25, 2000: Greenpeace's UK Court Victory May Help Modified Food. The Dilemma For The Activists Is That The More Successful They Are, The More They Will Alienate Mainstream Environmental Groups ... - Bridge News Forum Opinion by David Walker
- July 26, 2000: Criminal Acts Of Britain's Eco-Warriors Can't Be Ignored, To Protect Biotech Industry, Vandals Who Destroy Tests Of Genetically Modified Crops Must Be Deterred... - Bridge News Forum Opinion by David Walker
- July 6, 2000: Canola is only the tip of the iceberg - an Opinion from The Western Producer by David Walker
- June 12, 2000: Politics Softens UK's Science-Based Biotech Policy -
Prospects Dim For Use Of Genetically Modified Seed, As The Blair Government Prepares For An Election
... - Bridge News Forum Opinion by David Walker
- June 2, 2000: Uproar over 'Escape' of GM Canola - CBC editorial by David Walker
- May 23, 2000: Genetically Modified Seeds Breed Needless Controversy - Suspicious British Public Isn't Likely To Believe That Rogue Crops Posed No Danger To Environment ... - Bridge News Forum Opinion by David Walker
- May 17, 2000: Opposition to Genetically Modified Crops not Dead Yet - Three genetically modified autumn seeded rapeseed crops have flowered without attracting the attention of environmental activists who may be regrouping after some setbacks to their environment campaign. More worrying for them must be the appearance of cracks in their previously robust retail campaign.
- April 28, 2000:GM Crops on Trial - If the inconclusive hung jury trial of anti-GM activists meant little, some of the evidence presented will almost certainly have an impact beyond the court room.
- April 20, 2000: An Uphill Battle for Publicity, part two of a two-part series on signs that the campaign against GM foods is waning - CBC editorial by David Walker
- April 18, 2000: Anti-GM Activists will persist despite setbacks - British activists' action against genetically modified(GM) crops will continue despite a series of setbacks to their cause. An end to the nonsense is only likely if they are distracted by another cause.
- April 1, 2000:The Trials of anti-GM Activists
- After a run of rather disappointing results this year anti-GM activist will be out to make the most of their fixture at Norwich Crown Court on Monday.
- March 29, 2000:Greenpeace Is Losing Its Fight Against Modified Crops, Activists' Inability To Kill British Farm Trials Is Latest In A Series Of Failures
.... - Bridge News Forum Opinion by David Walker
- March 17, 2000: Fighting for Facts in Biotech Debate, CBC editorial by David Walker
- March 1, 2000:
Blair Must Win His Fight For Science-Based Approach To GMOs; UK Prime Minister's Remarks Before OECD Conference Are Wrongly Portrayed As Anti-Biotechnology
.... - Bridge News Forum Opinion by David Walker
- February 24, 2000: GM Crops and Farmer Liability - Activists in Britain opposed to genetically modified organisms are trying to create liability concerns amongst farmers over field scale environmental trials. They probably underestimate farmers' confidence in biotechnology.
- February 7, 2000:The Unholy Alliance in the Biotech Debate, CBC editorial by David Walker
- January 26, 2000: Environmentalists Exploit Food Retailers' Sensitivity, The Power Of Their Unholy Alliance Can Be Overcome By Emphasizing The Humanitarian Potential Of Genetic Engineering .... - Bridge News Forum Opinion by David Walker
- November 8, 1999:
A voluntary agreement between the British government and the ag. industry for a three-year delay on the commercialization of GM crops , but continued field scale biodiversity trials, avoids cumbersome regulation/legislation and keeps the issue off the formal political agenda.
- October 18, 1999: Altered -Food Debate Cools Down In Britain - the Biotechnology Knowledge Centre
- October 14, 1999: Autumn Cools UK's Debate On Genetically Modified Food, Public Grows Weary, Environmentalists Become Conciliatory, And Food-Safety Issue Is Perceived As Anti-Trade - a Bridge Forum Opinion by David Walker
- May 25, 1999: Media Misses The Point On Genetically Modified Food, Blair Government Is Accused Of 'Spin' Job, As Gap Between Facts And Fears Grows In Britain - a Bridge Forum Opinion by David Walker
- February 25, 1999: Images drive biotechnology issue - a Journal of Commerce Guest Opinion by David Walker
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