Crop Biotech Update

UK Environment Secretary Pushes for GM

January 9, 2013

Owen Paterson, UK's Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said that the Government will promote the benefits of genetically modified (GM) crops to modernize farming in the country. Speaking at the Oxford Farming Conference on January 3, Paterson said that GM needs to be considered in its proper overall context to have a balanced understanding of risks and benefits. He said that "We should not be afraid of making the case to the public about the potential benefits of GM," adding that GM offers great opportunities such as significantly reducing the use of pesticides.

The Secretary's speech can be read at http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/2013/01/03/paterson-speech-ofc-2013/. Details about the Conference and videos of the speeches are available at http://www.ofc.org.uk/.