UK Scientists call for new GM crop trials

A new report on genetically modified (GM) crops, commissioned by the prime minister, calls for more UK field trials and fewer EU restrictions.

The Council for Science and Technology (CST) wants “public good” GM varieties to be grown and tested in the UK.

It says GM crops should be assessed individually – like pharmaceuticals – taking potential benefits into account.

A new UK regulator similar to NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) should be set up, it says.

The UK is a world leader in plant biotechnology research, but GM field trial applications have fallen from 37 in 1995 to just one in 2012.

Read the full original article: GM crops: UK scientists call for new trials

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