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November 10 2012

Could millions of GM insects be released into British crop fields without safety checks?

Millions of GM insects developed by British scientists could be released into food crop fields without proper safety checks, it is claimed.

The British company Oxitec is working on genetically modified insects that are designed to kill off pests that feed on crops such as cabbages, broccoli, tomatoes and fruit.

The firm insists the technology is a green alternative to the use of chemical sprays, which have their own dangers for human health and the countryside.

It accused critics of scaremongering and said there is zero chance of its insects being used on farms without thorough checks on all aspects of their safety.

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