30 Dec '13, 7pm

2014 - the UK's GM-free year - GM crop trials grind to halt -- The Ecologist

The GM industry just hasn’t produced anything UK farmers can use or that consumers want. The UK has been a useful testing ground for a variety of GM crops. GM potatoes have recently been trialled in Leeds, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, running up taxpayer-funded costs of £1.7 million since 2001. And a controversial GM wheat variety was trialled during 2012/13 in Hertfordshire at a cost of £1.3 million. But according to DEFRA's "Genetically Modified Organisms: Applications and consents" document, "Defra currently has no [GM trial] applications under consideration." So the end of the GM wheat trial leaves the UK farmland GM free. GM Freeze Director Helena Paul said: "We’re celebrating a GM-free 2014 in UK fields - and long may it continue. We congratulate the millions of UK farmers and shoppers standing up for what is right for their businesses and families, and we’re standing...

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