Scotland Says No to GM Crops

by Admin on August 11, 2015

Scotland’s rural affairs secretary has announced that they will be banning the growth of genetically modified produce, reports the BBC.

Image Credit: Dave McLear (Flickr)
Image Credit: Dave McLear (Flickr)

Richard Lochhead explained:

“Banning growing genetically modified crops will protect and further enhance our clean, green status […] There is no evidence of significant demand for GM products by Scottish consumers and I am concerned that allowing GM crops to be grown in Scotland would damage our clean and green brand, thereby gambling with the future of our £14 billion food and drink sector.”

He plans to ask that Scotland be excluded from EU matters regarding GM crops.

This announcement has drawn the attention of critics, with many scientists and farmers unhappy about the move.

Andrew McCornick of the National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS), said: “This is simply going to make us less competitive.”

Huw Jones, professor of molecular genetics at agricultural science group Rothamsted Research, said the announcement was a “a sad day for science and a sad day for Scotland.” He also added that GM crops are “safe for humans, animals and the environment.”

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