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Has consumer opinion of GM modified?

With two weeks to go until the EU referendum I wasn’t expecting an evening debate on genetically modified (GM) foods to have people bashing the door down at the Royal Society’s Edinburgh branch. The usual suspects – Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and the like – would certainly turn up, or so I thought. In…
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IT APPEARS THAT all 19 government requests for bans of GM crop cultivation are expected to go unchallenged by biotech companies, paving the way for two thirds of the EU’s farmland and population to remain GM-free. According to information it obtained from the European Commission, Greenpeace believes that biotech companies have so far accepted all…
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Disposable cutlery ban France could soon say “non” to plastic cutlery. The National Assembly has voted in favour of a ban on disposable forks, spoons and plates from 2020. A ban on plastic bags could also come in to force next year, reported The Connexion newspaper. Both measures are included in a bill on renewable…
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EU majority bans GM England is set to be surrounded by GM-free zones, with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all having requested opt-outs from cultivation of GM crops. In all, 19 member states have informed the European Commission that they don’t want to grow Monsanto’s GM maize crop, according to Reuters. The biotech company now…
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Germany to implement GM crop ban

GERMANY IS planning to follow Scotland’s example of opting out of the block-wide EU GM license. This will allow them to block famers from using GM organisms. The move comes after new rules allow individual member states to stop farmers using GM organisms, even if they have been approved for EU usage.   Scotland was…
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Scotland bans GM

SCOTLAND HAS moved to ban genetically modified (GM) crops citing “no evidence of significant demand” for them among consumers.                           Environment secretary Richard Lochhead said he will use new laws that permit member states from opting out of commercial cultivation even if the…
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GM trial shows GM wheat no more pest-resistant than ordinary crops

A NEW trial has found that a particular strain of GM wheat designed to repel aphids is no more pest resistant than ordinary crops. The two-year, publicly-funded trial, cost nearly £3m to run. Research costs were £730,000, but a further £400,000 was spent on protective fencing, and £1.8m used to combat threats of criminal damage…
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NFU rejects re-nationalising decision-making on GM feed

THE NFU is extremely concerned by the European Commission’s proposal to re-nationalise decision-making power on GM feed or food back to Member States.                            Dr Helen Ferrier, NFU chief science and regulatory affairs adviser said: “Approval of GM feed and food must remain…
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UK must have ‘own say’ in GM production

A NEW REPORT from the Government’s Science and Technology Committee has been published, which claims that the current EU policy on GM Crop production is ‘not fit for purpose’ and puts the UK ‘at risk’ of losing out.                     According to MPs the changes to EU…
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Is the time ripe for GM crops

EUROPE IS ploughing a lone furrow free of genetically modified foods, but are politicians to blame and do consumers deserve a choice?               In 2003 Farmers Weekly ran a cover story and five-page analysis about the GM debate. The piece started: “Much of the GM debate revolves around scientific…
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