HUNDREDS of people have spoken of their fears over genetically-modified crops as the national GM debate arrived in North Yorkshire.

More than 250 people from all over the North, ranging from environmental campaigners and Women's Institute members to farmers and scientists, attended a GM Nation conference in Harrogate yesterday.

The meeting was the sixth and final regional conference organised to give every section of society a chance to have its say on whether GM crops should be commercially grown in Britain. The Government has said it will take the views expressed into account before the matter is discussed at the EU.

Updated: 10:06 Saturday, June 14, 2003