The defence experts get some tough treatment from the prosecution and the worry is starting to take it’s toll on Tommy.

Radio Times: Expert witnesses testify.

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  • The defence expert witnesses take the stand and, as before, the two counsels paint two dramatically different sides to each story. First was Dr Finch, a geneticist, outlining the very real potential for gene transfer both to similar crops, but also into mammals, bacteria and so on. The prosecution barrister really tried to bait him over the alarmist tone, but he wasn’t rising to it, adamantly disagreeing that GM was at a natural process and that there were just too many unanticipatable risks at this stage for a widespread trial.
  • The next expert as Mr Wainwright from the Soil Association. He described the certification of organic farms and the various impacts of GM crops nearby, citing their standard of 6 miles. This measurement was scoffed at by the prosecution as unrealistic, but he pointed out that it wasn’t up to the Soil Association to promote GM, but to protect organic farmers and their produce. He wasn’t so convincing, but he did confirm that the presence of the GM crop could have jeopardised Bridge Farm’s organic status.
  • Jill’s accompanised Lizzie to see her doctor, Dr Rose. He’s keeping a close eye on the dodgy valve in her heart, but it’s unchanged, which is good news. She’s a little teary because she’s permanently tired and he recomends complete rest for the duration, no work. As Jill says, Nigel and Julia can deal with the gallery and the new manager.
  • The stresses and strains are starting to show on Tommy who’s feeling that the flow of the trial is starting to turn against him and he’s questioning whether it’s all been worth it. Pat wants to hear nothing of the sort, she and Tony are proud of him and want him to know that they’re still completely behind him.
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