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Gates gets behind GM plan with £6.4m grant

By Nina Lakhani

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given British scientists a multi-million pound grant to develop GM (genetically modified) crops in what could be the most significant PR endorsement for the controversial technology.

The John Innes Centre in Norwich has received £6.4m for a five-year project.

But the decision by the Gates Foundation to invest provoked anger last night.

The money would have been better spent on schemes that have the potential to meet global food needs, said Dr Michael Antoniou, from King's College London's medical school.

"There are safer, proven technologies, so I'm afraid the Gateses have been grossly misled," he said.

(© Independent News Service)

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