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  • Humanity needs to be able to evalute new agrcultural approaches. Research is part of the solution not part of the problem“  –  Toby Bruce, Senior Research Scientist – Rothamsted Research, UK
  • Lack of open-minded views and opposition to free inquiry about food production is a major threat to future global food and environmental security and success in elimination of poverty. In short, repressive anti-intellectual rigid ideology is a major barrier standing in the way of solutions to today’s big problems away from the rich and fortunate world“  – David Tribe, Senior Lecturer in Food Science – University of Melbourne, Australia
  • There is clearly no scientific rationale for insisting of the destruction of this field experiment” – Sainsbury Lab, Scientist – University of East Anglia, Norwich
  • Please stand firm for the right of scientists to perform legitimate research and do not destroy this long term experiment” – Lesley Smart, Scientist – Rothamsted Research, UK
  • The scientists at Rothamsted fully support Professor Rugini’s ongoing work on transgenic olives, kiwi and cherry. It would be a travesty to uproot such experimental material, which could have enormous value to our understanding of genetic traits in fruit trees and vines that encounter many intractible disease problems. To destroy such experimental material is reminiscent of the suppression of Galileo’s science in the 17th Century. Italy has surely learned from these historical mistakes, and should be a beacon of enlightenment and not the suppressor of knowledge due to misguided ideology” – Maurice Moloney, Institute Director, Rothamsted Research, UK
  • It is incredibly challenging to maintain experiments this long, and it is so valuable to have such long-term data of this sort. It is stunning to me that such a well-designed, maintained, and important project is at risk. Please let this project continue” – Scientist, OpeHelixLLC, USA
  • Actually, I *do* agree that genetic engineering should be used, and believe it to be a superior method of crop breeding. It is irrational to ban a technology that offers such great benefits simply because of campaigns of ignorance, fear, and misinformation. Let sound science be the foundation of public policy” – Michael Robin, Science writer, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Please, do not destroy this important long-term research that will shed light on the potential benefits of GM olive trees, cherry trees, and kiwifruit vines. Let science to make its job for the benefit of humanity” – Marcel Gutierrez-Correa, University Professor, Universidad Nacional Agraria Lima, Peru