Government struggles to reconcile GM crops with organic farming

The Government is still struggling to find a way of legalising seed trials of genetically modified (GM) and other crops which were declared unlawful by the Court of Appeal in July, junior Agriculture Minister Jeff Rooker told the House of Commons on 30 July. Inquiries have failed to establish how officials came to suspend statutory requirements for the trials five years ago. Mr Rooker gave the Commons a heavily qualified assurance that organic farming will not be prejudiced by the commercialisation of GM crops.

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