SCIMACSupply Chain Initiative on Modified Agricultural Crops (UK)
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The government is trying to mediate a compromise by involving English Nature in a monitoring programme to be carried out together with SCIMAC, in parallel with the risk management projects.
SCIMAC, the industry body overseeing the trials, decided to drop the trial after Mr Meacher said it was potentially damaging public confidence in the trials and the reputation of Ryton.
Daniel Pearsall, secretary of SCIMAC, said: 'I don't think this sets a precedent at all.
And Wolston campaigner Lorna Jackson said: "I called SCIMAC, the industry body overseeing the trials, SSC, the independent body overseeing the trials, the DETR and Aventis to ask if a decision about abandoning this site had been made yet.
The testing firm was acting for an organisation run by a member of SCIMAC - which is responsible for commercialising GM technology and finding suitable sites.
SCIMAC has spent almost a year consulting agriculture and industry associations, as well as environmental groups and other bodies, before drawing up a code of practice for those planning to grow GM crops.