Policy

Scotland calls for opt-out on GM crops to be protected

Scotland’s rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing has asked the UK government to confirm that opt-out provisions on the cultivation of GM crops will continue following Brexit.

In a letter to UK Defra secretary Michael Gove, Mr Ewing seeks assurance that the UK government will “not attempt to impose the cultivation of GM crops on Scotland against our will.”

Mr Ewing’s letter says: “This provision is extremely important for Scotland.

“The commercial success of our food and drink industry is built on Scotland’s reputation for quality, provenance and the natural larder which we are fortunate to have.”

(Source: Scottish Government)

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