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Sunday, February 21, 1999 Published at 09:07 GMT


Prince 'asked to curb GM attacks'

Prince Charles feels strongly on issue of GM foods

Downing Street has denied asking Prince Charles to remove criticism of genetically-modified (GM) food from his Website.

The prince has said he considers GM foods a potential risk to health.

And the Sunday Express says Buckingham Palace officials were approached to persuade him to withdraw the comments - a claim described by Downing Street as "utter nonsense".

However, the prince has reportedly decided not to change the site. He is also said to be planning to intensify his campaign on the issue of GM foods, the paper writes.

A palace aide told the newspaper: "The prince feels strongly this is absolutely the right moment to drive home his long held concerns about this sort of food.

"He fist made a speech on this subject two years ago. He is determined not to be left out of a debate he feels he helped to start."

'Don't meddle'

In an article on the site, the prince asks whether GM food is an innovation we can do without.

He concludes: "Mixing genetic material from species that cannot breed naturally takes us into areas that should be left to God.

"We should not be meddling with the building blocks of life in this way.

"I am not convinced we know enough about the long-term consequences for human health and the environment of releasing plants (or, heaven forbid, animals) bred in this way."

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