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UK could tackle sustainability challenges post Brexit with GMO crops, farmer’s union chief says

| | November 13, 2019
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Boosting the use of genetically modified crops in the U.K. after Brexit could be “enormously beneficial,” according to the National Farming Union.

Minette Batters, the NFU President for England and Wales, said GM farming would offer “a lot of the solution” to environmental challenges — but she insisted it was the wrong time to debate the issue.

Britain is currently bound by EU restrictions on GM use, but whether it diverges from existing rules is set to be one of the most sensitive elements of its post-Brexit trading negotiations with the bloc.

Read full, original article: UK farming chief gives cautious support to GM

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