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Scottish ministers are planning to formally ban genetically modified crops from being grown in Scotland, widening a policy divide with the Tory government in London.
Ministers in Edinburgh are to apply to use recent EU powers which allow devolved administrations to opt out entirely from a more relaxed regime which is expected to see far more commercial use of GM crops around the EU.
The move will reinforce a long-standing moratorium on planting GM crops in Scotland and allow the Scottish National party to further distance itself from the UK government.
Backed by agribusiness, scientific bodies and the National Farmers Union, ministers in London have already signalled that they plan to allow commercial cultivation of GM crops such as maize and oilseed rape in England, despite significant consumer resistance and opposition from environmental groups.
The Scottish government announcement on Sunday was silent on whether this new legal power would extend to a ban on scientific and experimental research, but a spokeswoman confirmed that laboratory research on GMOs would continue.
Scottish scientists, including those at the James Hutton Institute and the Rowett Institute, have taken a leading role in GM research. The Scottish government’s former chief scientific officer, Dame Anne Glover, who became the European Commission’s chief scientific adviser before the position was abolished, is a keen advocate of GM crops.
The spokeswoman for the Scottish government said: “These changes would not affect research as it is currently carried out in Scotland, where the contained use of GM plants is permitted for scientific purposes, for example in laboratories or sealed glasshouse facilities.’’
Richard Lochhead, the Scottish environment secretary, said he wanted to uphold the precautionary principle – that the potential risks to other crops and wildlife from GMOs outweighed the likely benefits of the technology – by banning the commercialisation of GM crops.
“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 said.
“The Scottish government has long-standing concerns about GM crops – concerns that are shared by other European countries and consumers, and which should not be dismissed lightly,’’ he added. “I firmly believe that GM policy in Scotland should be guided by what’s best for our economy and our own agricultural sector rather than the priorities of others.”
His announcement was applauded by environment campaigners. Richard Dixon, director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said: “The Scottish government has been making anti-GM noises for some time, but the new Tory government has been trying to take us in the direction of GM being used in the UK, so it is very good news that Scottish ministers are taking that stance.
“If you are a whisky producer or breeding high-quality beef, you ought to be worried if you don’t want GM but it is going to come to a field near you and you were worried that there was going to be some contamination. It is certainly in Scotland’s interests to keep GM out of Scotland.”
The new measure angered NFU Scotland, which described the decision as naive and taken without an adequate debate. Scott Walker, the chief executive of NFU Scotland, said: “Other countries are embracing biotechnology where appropriate and we should be open to doing the same here in Scotland.
“Decisions should be taken on the individual merits of each variety, based on science and determined by whether the variety will deliver overall benefit. 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.”
Murdo Fraser, for the Scottish Tories, said there was no great pressure for commercial use of GMOs in Scotland but that the weight of scientific opinion was in favour of the technology.
“I think this decision puts superstition before science,’’ he said. “There’s a very strong scientific consensus that GM foods could be hugely beneficial, increasing the volume of food for the world’s population.
“There are two specific issues here for Scotland: if the rest of the UK moves to encourage GM foods and Scotland doesn’t, our farmers will be at a competitive disadvantage, and secondly, a lot of our research institutes which are keen to pursue this technology will lose talent.”
PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO DONE BY A KID ON #TedTalks! We MUST understand Scotland why the SNP have done this. As I say always, today we are an oppressed Country in an oppressed World, money hungry world! What will a free Scotland do and how will they act? Well I think this is a GREAT SIGN of what a free Scotland will be! Well done SNP!!
What’s wrong with our food system | Birke Baehr | TEDxNextGenerationAsheville
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I have added a few images and also a ‘Ted Talk’s video by a KID! This kid is from the USA where this is REALLY bad, he OWNS Monsanto by talking up local farming. In the USA people in many States are not allowed to grow their own food. Monsanto OWN THE FOOD DISTRIBUTION in the USA! So THIS BELOW! Is why we are lucky. Hope you all research what the SNP are doing to help us Scotland! This is truly brilliant news! The images below are a clear sign and message of the manipulation on food’s grown globally, why is it they grow it and spray it wearing hazmat suits!! I ask, how is so un-safe they have to wear suits, yet it’s ok to put on people dinner tables?
Anyone? I know the answer, but do you? Why did the SNP do this? Amazing powers we DO HAVE now!
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