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UK farmers leaning toward Brexit because of EU policies on glyphosate, GMOs

| | June 1, 2016
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British farmers are fed up with the meddling from their European neighbors over the best way to grow food — and it’s enough to drive some of them to want to ditch the European Union.

The latest battle is over Brussels’ impending ban on the weedkiller glyphosate, the U.K.’s most widely used pesticide, largely due to political pressure from green groups on the Continent already skeptical of pesticides and certain other new technologies in agriculture. But pulling glyphosate, better known as Roundup, from the market, would be devastating to British farmers who rely on the herbicide to treat weeds.

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U.K. officials have generally been less averse than the rest of the Continent to the use of chemicals and genetic modification in agriculture. . . .

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The fight over glyphosate is just the most recent example of the EU ignoring science and putting at risk farmers’ access to new technology, including genetically modified crops, [Michael Seals, a . . . spokesman for the pro-Leave group Farmers for Britain] said.

Read full, original post: Weedkiller decision adds to Brexit momentum for UK farmers

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