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Consultation on coexistence with GM
Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones last month published the consultation responses to the Welsh Assembly Government's proposals for managing the coexistence of GM, conventional and organic crops in Wales.
In line with the Assembly Government's stated policy position to take the most restrictive and precautionary approach to GM crop cultivation that is consistent with the UK and EU legislative frameworks a full public consultation was conducted on the options for a coexistence regime for Wales. This regime would aim to minimise any unwanted GM presence in non-GM crops and ensure that adventitious presence is kept below the 0.9% labelling threshold.
The responses were generally polarised between those from organisations, groups and individuals who are opposed to GM crops in terms of their safety and potential impact on the environment, human health and the economy and those who do not share these concerns and are of the opinion that GM crops may be grown safely and be of benefit.
Meanwhile, two advisers have resigned from a Food Standards Agency committee in protest at the FSA's attitude to GM. Details
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