Sustainable farming agenda makes no mark on policy for GM crops

Two parliamentary inquiries have revealed that the Government appears set to go against the wishes of two of its environmental advisory bodies by declining to steer the development of genetically modified crops in a direction which would reverse declines in farmland biodiversity and promote more sustainable agriculture. The inquiries have also underlined conflicts in Whitehall about how long a new programme of trials with GM crops should last before they are allowed to be grown commercially - and have pushed the question of legal liability for environmental damage caused by GM crops higher up the agenda.

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