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Agricultural and Environment Biotechnology Commission

A commission made up of academics and farming, food industry and consumer representatives and is chaired by Professor Malcolm Grant, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Cambridge University - set up to judge the viability of scientific farming - GM food and animal cloning in particular. At the present time (2002) it"s demanding a moratorium on th commercial production of fast-growing GM fish amid concerns about a threat to wild populations.

It also wants a ban on th creation of what are called "intrinsically objectionable" creatures, such as pigs and cows modified not to feel stress in factory farming conditions.

While they believe GM fish and animals are inevitable, they should be separately farmed and products labelled to allow consumers to make a choice about wat they are eating.

The AEBC suggests food from GM animals could be on our dinner tables within ten years; and a draft report says an American company has plans to sell a fast-growing GM salmon called "AquaAdvantage" within four to six years.

They believe it"s important that the Government and the rest of society thinks hard about the issues now, not when the GM and cloned animals are almost at UK farm gates. See Genetically Modified Food

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