Demand the right to not grow GM crops


Scottish officials have sought clarification on whether they can continue to opt out of growing GM crops post Brexit.

Demand the right to not grow GM crops

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Scottish officials have sought clarification on whether they can continue to opt out of growing GM crops post Brexit.

Scotland are looking for reassurances that they may continue to ban the growth of GM's post Brexit, as reported by Farmers Weekly.

Scotland first decided to opt out of growing the genetically modified produce back in August of 2015, when they implemented a country wide ban on the growing of these crops. They now fear that with Brexit looming, this could result in the loss of the country's right to continue opting out and with the ban.

The calls for clarification were made by Scotland's Rural Affairs Secretary, Fergus Ewing, in a letter to Michael Grove, secretary of Defra. Current EU law states that member states retain the right to opt out of EU authorised GM crops.

In his letter Ewing claimed that the commercial success of the food and drinks industry in his country is based on the country's well garnered reputation for quality, natural products. He sought confirmation in his letter, that the opt out rule will still be in place for use after Brexit.

Genetically Modified Crops are plants grown in agriculture which have DNA which has been modified using genetic engineering. This is done to allow for the introduction of new trails to a crop, and in turn can help increase crop yields, profits, disease resistance and the crops overall performance.

It first began to be used in agriculture back in 1875, when a hybrid cereal grain was produced by scientists.



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