February 21st, 2012

Spelman Hails Genetic Modification

In the headlines for the right reasons today, Caroline Spelman has spent the morning at the National Farmers Union conference in Birmingham. Guido’s cider drinking co-conspirator in the room reports that the Secretary of State for the Enviroment told the farmers that “responsible genetic modification” will be key to “sustainable agriculture in the future”.

Surely giving plants steroids is just cheating?


88 Comments

  1. 1
    Darwin says:

    What’s new?

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  2. 2
    Hippy says:

    You mean she is on drugs ;)

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  3. 4
    John Bercow says:

    Is that it?

    Getting a Super-Injucntion for that seems a bit like cracking a walnut with a sledgehammer…

    It’ll be a bigger story now. Fool.

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    • 27
      genghiz the kahn says:

      Doesn’t say much for her parenting skills.

      Makes a change from Ryan G taking out injunctions.

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  4. 6
    Gonk says:

    Quite right Fawkes. They’ll grow tits and die from a heart attack at 35.

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  5. 9
    Rh- says:

    these genetic modification feckers are going to wipe out mankind … if the nanotech doesnt get us!

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  6. 10
    Rat's arse says:

    Oh Guido, what a wag you are! Hope your ‘co-conspirator’ didn’t try to muscle in [so to speak] on the conversation.

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    • 12
      Rat's arse says:

      Guido, been modded – don’t know why! All I said was hope your co-conspirator didn’t try to m.u.s.c.l.e. in on the conversation! What did I say wrong?

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      • 15
        smiley says:

        Βillу’s been banned and you’re well on your way.

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        • 20
          Watcher says:

          I seem to recall that you have been told that statement is wrong.

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          • The biggest huhne is banned from this blog says:

            He has been banned. Not even his best fake (and that was me) is allowed to post using his “monkier”. He is now using lots of different names so he is not banned again. Glad to see the back of the huhne. Wish he would take a full refund etc ;)

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      • 32
        Selohesra says:

        dont worry it was just the green vegatable curse again in spe@k

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  7. 17
    Tuscan Tony says:

    “Surely giving plants steroids is just cheating?”

    It also makes winkles shrivel thereby reducing one’s chance of becoming a granny.

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    • 26
      MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

      Listen mate
      Some Twat on the box last night Grew a beefburger in a test tube from stem cells and he actually took a bit of it ! Gross !

      Only cost £200,000 and he didn’t even finish it !

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  8. 18
    LARD JOHN PRESCOTT of MOUNT TRACY TEMPLE and the RIDINGS says:

    Well she would say that wouldn’t she as her and hubby own the biggest GM crop company in the country
    Think of all that government research money !

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    • 24
      MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

      no conflict of interest here Dave !
      Nothing to see here move along !

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/may/15/caroline-spelman-environment-lobbying-defra-food-agriculture-politics

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      • 39
        Do you have a licence for that TV? says:

        But she has already transferred all of her shares to her hubby, so how could there be any conflict of interests?

        Taxi!

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        • 46
          MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

          Oh so thats ok then she won’t profit one penny by selling the shares to her hubby nor will he get any preferential treatment with the contracts !
          thats good i’ll sleep better now !

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        • 49
          jgm2 says:

          It’s situations like this that play right into the hands of the bedwetters.

          Lets be honest. If the shoe was on the other foot and it was some Labour minister recommending heaps of taxpayer’s money be spent on something their husband just happened to have a several million pound interest in we’d be going berserk.

          And rightly so.

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    • 29
      Mine d'Boggles says:

      Milord, is your statement really true? Isn’t that a resignation issue? Or am I just old-fashioned?

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    • 66
      Widescreen2010 says:

      And there’s the nub.
      GM companies claim they’re trying to feed the starving millions.
      But that is just bollocks.
      There’s plenty of food-production capacity in the world.
      The starving are a feature of economics / politics, not a lack of GM grain.
      You will note that Monsanto is not giving it away.
      Just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should.
      Even if you can turn a profit in doing so.

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      • 70
        Monopolists R Us says:

        Modified crops are ok in principle, rice being a prime example of how to increase yields per acre, but Monsanto and their ilk remove the possibility of reproduction from their seeds so once a farmer harvests his crop he has to go cap in hand to Monsanto for another load of seeds, which of course he has to pay through the nose for, instead of saving some seed from the previous harvest for replanting. That to me is unacceptable in both principle and human terms. Spelman should be booted out to the Ministry of Weaving or something. Time Camoron got a grip on his colleagues.

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      • 83
        Anonymous says:

        The lack of transport is the root cause of starvation. The only way GM will feed the world is by giving crops legs so thay can walk to where they need to be.

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  9. 22
    Stepney says:

    Nice one. Son.

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  10. 28
    Embarrassing relatives says:

    Do any of you have family members who hold totally opposite political views to you? I have two brothers who are such lefties, it turns my stomach. Trying to have a reasoned debate with them is pointless because they deploy such utter bollocks in their arguments.

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    • 33
      Rat's arse says:

      My Pa was the same E.R. and when he realized he’d lost a particular argument, he would walk off in a huff. I found a swift kick in his nuts stopped him in his tracks!

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    • 34
      Pawn Sandwich says:

      Yip, one (an LSE graduate, actually blamed England for starting the second world war).

      You can choose your friends but you are stuck with relatives.

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    • 38
      jgm2 says:

      Let me guess. You’re the high-flyer with the science degree and the well-paid job and they’re the ones with the History and Geography degrees who became school teachers.

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    • 47
      Southern Belle says:

      You should meet my son-in-law. Can’t ask him the time of day, he’ll just blame Thatcher. Not only that he believes that Noah lived to be 800.

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      • 51
        jgm2 says:

        Not only that he believes that Noah lived to be 800.

        Tell him he should forgive Thatch her ‘sins’ then. Him being Christian and all. Or perhaps he isn’t. The J*ws and the other religion of pe*a*ce belive all that shit too don’t they.

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        • 53
          Southern Belle says:

          Like most self-confessed Christians he doesn’t walk-the walk. I’m an atheist and believe I’m more Christian than him.

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          • Pawn Sandwich says:

            There is nothing more satisfying than talking about charity. Talk and talk and talk till the fucking cows come home but their money stays firmly in their pockets.

            To a socialist, talking about charity is the SAME as giving.

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          • jgm2 says:

            Sounds like the c*unt is just winding you up. Noah lived to be 800. Maybe. If the old Je*w*ish ‘year’ was actually what we now call a month. Which makes sense. Even 1400 years ago when the sex-crazed bedouin was making up his new religion the dumb fuckers couldn’t figure out how long a year was and so the new religion of pe*a*ce had to work with a lunar calendar.

            Which is why all their festivals march forward three or four weeks every year.

            800/12 = 67 (ish) years. Or, more accurately 800/13 = 62 (ish).

            That’s more like it.

            800 years old. My arse.

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          • For the record says:

            I*lamic festivals march forward 11 days per year. Thought you’d like to know that.

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      • 58
        Enoch says:

        I’m not dead yet.

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  11. 36
    keddaw says:

    Steroids != GM
    GM != Bad
    Spelman != Sense
    Politicians == Corruption

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  12. 43
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Perhaps she should have thought about genetic modification before she had Johnny. :0)

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  13. 48
    dr. sipp says:

    do the farmers union sponsor english rugby?

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  14. 50
    MacNero, Emperor of Scotland says:

    No need to worry about GM crops. I was in Tesco’s this morning and a cauliflower told me that it’s all OK.

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  15. 57
    Hugh G Reckshun says:

    We have been enjoying genetically modified crops for years. The long strawed wheat that cropped half ton per acre 40 years ago, is now short strawed and cropping at five tons. How exactly do you thing this came about, along with blight resistant this, mould resistant that and black spot resistant other.

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    • 60
      jgm2 says:

      And tomatoes that last in the fridge for weeks. Marvellous.

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      • 79
        jimbo says:

        The GM produced tomato that I bought last year continued growing in the fridge and burst the sides out of it, so the moral behind taking on GM food is to buy a bigger fridge !

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    • 61
      Axe The Telly Tax says:

      Not to mention all the genetic engineering of farmyard animals over the centuries. Cows that produce more milk for example.

      And to think the mechanism (genes) was worked out by Gregor Mendel and his p-ea experiments. A great man 100 years ahead of his time.

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      • 67
        a fluorescent mouse says:

        Genetic selection and genetic modification are two very different things.

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        • 69
          Ah! Monika says:

          Genes are modified all the time by radiation, there’s a few being modified in you at the moment. Who knows you may live to be 300 and produce a race of superhumans
          Then again……

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    • 72
      Ah! Monika says:

      Just wondering if your moniker is as a result of selection, modification or exaggeration?

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  16. 65
    huwwuh says:

    I think the genetic modification she likes should be tested on her. Introduce some wisdom maybe.

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  17. 74
    Marie Stopes says:

    Was her son genetically modified so he now looks preggers … oops I think I really have just broken the Super Duper Up the (In) Junction .

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    jimbo says:

    Not a good idea Ms Spelman, forget it, we British want no part of Monsanto’s bid to take over including the world. I do hope that you have no ambition of becoming an employee of Monsanto or indeed a secret empoyee. One other thing can anyone tell me if it is true that D,Cameron had his leadership campaign paid for by an arms dealer donor ? and also has arms dealers paid into the coffers of the Conservative party ? I would like to know if this is true, if it is then it explains a great deal as to why we tax payers paid heavily for regime change in Libya and now have sights on Iran and Syria, Truth please .

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  19. 81
    Anonymous says:

    Er, has Caroline Spelman by any chance had genetic modification, just asking

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  20. 82
    Dreary Steeples says:

    Genital modification more like, her pathway to ‘sustainable agriculture’ will leave us with a septic isle rather than a green and pleasant land in the future.

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  21. 85

    You truly think the Spelman injunction was over a begging letter for free “gear”?

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  22. 87
    Ayn Rand's bagman says:

    It’s most unfair to question Spelman’s commitment to British agriculture. She’s laboured long and hard to ensure that her son has the sort of physique that would make him a good farm worker.

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  23. 88
    Taxfodder says:

    Now correct me if wrong but I was sure Mr Spelman has or had a business interest in this type of thing.

    As for Nannygate Caroline, everybody knows she preferes the inside track.

    The Spelmans are always worth watching in their gormless antics and hapless attemps to suck a little more out of the system.

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