Scotland has grown the long list of countries officially banning GMO crops.
“Scotland is known around the world for our beautiful natural environment, said Richard Lochhead, the Scottish government’s minister for the environment, food and rural affairs, “and banning growing genetically modified crops will protect and further enhance our clean, green status.”
“The Scottish government has long-standing concerns about GM crops – concerns that are shared by other European countries and consumers, and which should not be dismissed lightly,” he added. “I firmly believe that GM policy in Scotland should be guided by what’s best for our economy and our own agricultural sector rather than the priorities of others.”
The EU has new rules allowing allowing countries to opt out of growing GMO crops. Scotland has had a long-standing moratorium on planting GMOs, even as England has encouraged them; this move just nails down the lid on the coffin. Hungary and Germany are said to be considering bans as well.
“There is no evidence of significant demand for GM products by Scottish consumers,” Lochhead added, “and I am concerned that allowing GM crops to be grown in Scotland would damage our clean and green brand, thereby gambling with the future of our 14 billion-pound ($22 billion) food and drink sector.”