Biotech Updates

UK: Attitude on GM Crops Changing

June 27, 2008

In the light of food shortages and rising prices around the world, the United Kingdom Environment minister Phil Woolas suggested that the British rethink its stand on genetically modified (GM) crops. The minister stated that "the debate is already under way" and that "many people concerned about poverty in the developing world and the environment are wrestling with this issue." The British Government made clear in 2004 that commercial planting of GM crops would be allowed only on a case-by-case basis if individual crops are nationally regarded to be safe for humans and the environment. No commercial cultivation of GM is currently underway in the UK.

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