UK public must be persuaded on GM, says environment secretary

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The government has a duty to explain the benefits of genetically modified crops to the British people, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is to say.

In a speech today, he will argue that GM has significant benefits for farmers, consumers and the environment.

The UK and Europe risk being left behind unless the technology is embraced, he will say.

But green groups say this new push for GM is dangerous and misguided.

The environment secretary has never

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