The Welsh Government has been urged to firmly set out is position on genetically-modified crops following an European Parliament vote which could lead to a new era of GM cultivation in England and, opponents fear, the threat of “cross-contamination.”
Individual member states will have the freedom to ban GM crops – but the move is expected to pave the way for pro-GM governments to give the green light to greater use of the controversial technology.
Speaking in the European Parliament, Plaid MEP Jill Evans said:
“In theory, this could be appealing for a country like Wales, where agriculture is devolved. Wales was a founding member of the GM Free Regions Network. We don’t have the same policy as the UK Government on GM crops.
However, Conservative MEP Kay Swinburne welcomed the new stance on GM crops.
She said: “I hope that the Welsh Government will also look to the many advances in science that have taken place in the area of GMOs and take a fully informed view on the future of GMOs in Wales.”
A spokeswoman for National Farmers Union Cymru said: “We recognise that a number of people have concerns about this technology, and the Welsh Government may hold different views to the UK Government on this issue, but we do believe that this technology does at least need to be considered.”
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