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Minister declares support for GM

The Environment Minister re-ignited the controversy over the development of GM food.

The Environment Minister, Owen Paterson, accused the opponents of GMO of ‘humbug’ as he declared his support for the development of new agri-technologies, including genetic modification, providing proper safeguards were in place.

He said that GM food had been grown extensively across the world and there was no evidence to indicate any meaningful risk to food safety and the new technologies would undoubtedly bring environmental benefits. He stressed that these benefits needed to be explained properly to the public at large and challenged the food industry to do more in this regard.

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