First Minister Nicola Sturgeon extolled the importance of scientific advice in policy-making yet insisted her Government had no plans to overturn its ban on the growing of genetically modified (GM) crops.
Ms Sturgeon argued that the decision to ban the growing of GM crops – despite scientists advising the technology is safe – was not a contradiction.
“There will be times when Government policy and scientific views don’t coincide, but it’s important to be informed and advised on scientific input,” she said.
“One of the key attributes of our food and drink sector is its quality, and part of that quality comes from our environmental attributes. Cultivating GM crops would compromise and threaten the quality our produce is seen for.
“Since we took that decision there have been in the region of 19 other countries who have also taken advantage of that opt-out.”
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