Scotland to ban GM crop growing

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Scotland is to ban the growing of genetically modified crops, the country’s rural affairs secretary has announced.

Richard Lochhead said the Scottish government was not prepared to “gamble” with the future of the country’s £14bn food and drink sector.

He is to request that Scotland be excluded from any European consents for the cultivation of GM crops.

But farming leaders said they were disappointed by the move.

Mr Lochhead said the request for opt-outs from GM crop consent would cover an EU approved variety of genetically modified maize and six other GM crops that are awaiting authorisation.

He said that Scotland was known around the world for its “beautiful natural environment” and banning the growing of genetically modified crops would protect and further enhance its “clean, green status”.

‘Consumer backlash’

Mr Lochhead added: “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 £14bn food and drink sector.

“Scottish food and drink is valued at home and abroad for its natural, high quality which often attracts a premium price, and I have heard directly from food and drink producers in other countries that are ditching GM because of a consumer backlash.”

The announcement was welcomed by Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone, who agreed that the cultivation of GM crops would harm the country’s environment and reputation for high quality food and drink.

But she called on ministers to go further by challenging big retailers to improve their labelling to show whether meat, eggs and dairy products come from animals fed on GM feed.

‘Embracing biotechnology’

Scott Walker, chief executive of NFU Scotland, said he was disappointed that the Scottish government had decided that no GM crops should ever be grown in Scotland.

“Other countries are embracing biotechnology where appropriate and we should be open to doing the same here in Scotland,” he said.

“These crops could have a role in shaping sustainable agriculture at some point and at the same time protecting the environment which we all cherish in Scotland.”

Huw Jones, professor of molecular genetics at agricultural science group Rothamsted Research, said the announcement was a “sad day for science and a sad day for Scotland.

He said that GM crops approved by the EU were “safe for humans, animals and the environment”.

 

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-33833958

 

Related:

FARMERS reacted angrily last night when they learned the Scottish Government intends to outlaw the growing of ­genetically modified (GM) crops in Scotland.

Source: http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/farmers-alarmed-at-snp-pledge-to-ban-gm-crops-1-3853361

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4 Responses to “Scotland to ban GM crop growing”

  1. dkblue says:

    Scott Walker you are a liar; GM crops do not lead to sustainable agriculture. The opposite is true – just speak to the thousands of widows of Indian farmers who couldnt afford to buy more seed. Natural plants produce seed freely for all.
    Also Scott, over 60 nations have banned GM food globally – and rising!

    Prof Jones, you are a liar and do not deserve the credential Professor. GM food has been proven to cause infertitliy, cancer and linked to chronic illness such as IBS. It destroys the body’s immune system by destroying the gut. How much have you been paid?

  2. dkblue says:

    Google glyphosate!
    Carcinogenic to the extreme. Very sustainable.
    Why don’t the fools and dark people who are willing to permanently damage and destroy our childrens’ futures just go find another planet to decimate. JUST GO

  3. Lynn says:

    Well said… Here here.

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