GM crops blow from Ciolos
10 June 2011
In a move which has raised eyebrows politically, EU farm minister Dacian Ciolos has spoken out strongly against GM crops and their value in the quest to raise food production to meet growing global demand.
Mr Ciolos said while food production needed to rise, it should not be done at the expense of quality food and natural biodiversity. He called for agricultural research to be directed not towards the development of GM varieties but to the development and betterment of conventional produce.
The question of GM crops continues to divide Member States and while MEPs earlier this year said European farmers should be given the choice when it came to growing GM crops, they also made it clear that Member States could prohibit them on the grounds of protecting natural biodiversity, methods of production or even public concerns, even where scientific advice backed them.
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