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Swedish GMO sows seeds of future growth

Published tisdag 4 juni 2013 kl 15.43
"Sweden has been better at funding science."
(6:24 min)
Professor Stefan Jansson. Photo: Michael Borgert

Genetic engineering is a controversial issue across Europe. So much so, that there are not many places in Europe where field tests of genetically modified plants are carried out. One of the few places is right here in Sweden - near the northern city of Umeå.

We talked to professor Stefan Jansson who says after he did an interview with Swedish Radio's science programme, he received a phone call from a rather upset elderly Swedish man who said this research is a disgrace!

But Jansson says that, unlike in the UK, researchers here don't have to worry so much about making a business product from their science, and don't have to work so frequently with larger multinational groups.

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