June 19, 2013

UK looks set to call for EU relaxation on GM crops

British prime minister, David Cameron, has come out in support of relaxing the rules governing GM crops. At present, small-scale trials are in operation in the UK but the use of GM ingredients such as grains in human foods is banned.

Speaking to entrepreneurs and businessmen at a pre-G8 event in east London, Cameron said, “In the terms of the openness to innovation I would argue that we need to ensure a pro-science culture.

“I think there are a number of subjects there that we need to take on, I think it is time to look again at the whole issue for GM food. We need to be open to arguments from science.”

The comments come ahead of environment secretary, Owen Paterson's speech on Thursday which will reportedly call for EU restrictions on the cultivation of GM crops to be relaxed.

English: David Cameron's picture on the 10 Dow...
English: David Cameron's picture on the 10 Downing Street website (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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