Just the tonic

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to the English Govern­ment’ and wor­ries that, post-brexit, new leg­is­la­tion could be ‘im­posed on an ig­no­rant public’.

Or­ganic farmer and en­tre­pre­neur Wil­liam Ken­dall agrees that there’s noth­ing wrong with GM in prin­ci­ple, but the prob­lem is that we’ve dal­lied too long over it and we’re now de­bat­ing some­thing that’s woe­fully out of date. He cites Uganda as a place where GM was put to good use, but says that, ‘now, GM is ir­rel­e­vant and there are many bet­ter al­ter­na­tives’.

‘I am also op­posed to agri­cul­ture be­ing in the hands of the few,’ con­tin­ues Mr Ken­dall, ‘and I am crit­i­cal of any­thing that is de­signed to ben­e­fit the seller of the tech­nol­ogy rather than the user, the wider econ­omy and the public. Sadly, most GM, so far, falls into the for­mer cat­e­gory, which is bad news for the honourable sci­en­tists who are work­ing for a greater good and get­ting tar­nished by the bad will caused by short-term com­mer­cial in­ter­ests.’

AFIERY lim­ited-edi­tion gin, dis­tilled dur­ing the ex­act four days that the Great Fire of Lon­don raged (Septem­ber 2–5), al­beit 350 years later, will be launched tomorrow by Por­to­bello Road Gin.

Ju­niper berries were handsmoked in peat dug by com­pany founder Ged Feltham at his home in Co Kerry. Op­er­a­tions then moved to Por­to­bello Road, W11, where 11 botan­i­cals, in­clud­ing fiery chipo­tle and Lap­sang Sou­chong tea, were used to dis­till 1,000 bot­tles of Di­rec­tor’s Cut No.02, The Smoky Gin (above, £25, www.por­to­bel­loroad­gin.com).

In De­cem­ber, Por­to­bello Road Gin will un­veil The Dis­tillery, the new pro­duc­tion site for the brand, which will house The Gin­sti­tute, a gin-mak­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that in­cludes a bar, gin shop and bou­tique guest rooms.

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