Brexit may open the door for British farmers to grow genetically modified crops, according to plans being drawn up by ministers.
Agriculture minister George Eustice said in a written parliamentary answer that “as part of preparations for the EU exit, the government is considering possible future arrangements for the regulation of genetically modified organisms.”
“The government’s general view remains that policy and regulation in this area should be science-based and proportionate,” he said.
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Paul Temple, a mixed farmer, said that ‘the benefits are there to be seen.’ He went on to say that ‘science is fundamental to future production’ and that ‘it will be required when you see the kind of pressure on demand that is constantly building.’
“The UK leaving Europe means we are open for business,” Mr Temple said, “the benefits of GM crops are there to be seen, 90% of the world’s soya is GM, the majority of the maize crop is GM, there’s GM cotton grown – all showing significant benefits, and farmers have a free choice. Farmers would not choose to grow these unless they saw benefits…”
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