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Scotland to ban growing of GM crops

The Scottish Government has taken the controversial decision to ban the growing of genetically modified (GM) crops in Scotland, and will be asking the EU to exclude Scotland from European consents for the cultivation of GM crops.

Scotland’s Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead, referred to “the continued application of the precautionary principle in relation to GM crops” in a statement on the Scottish Government website.

Farming leaders, including NFU Scotland’s chief executive Scott Walker, have expressed disappointment that Scotland is turning its back on biotechnology and Professor Huw Jones of Rothamsted Research, said the decision was a "sad day for science and a sad day for Scotland.”

You can read more about Mr Lochhead’s opinions on GM crops at http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/GM-crop-ban-1bd2.aspx

 

Story source: BBC News, 9 Aug 2015

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