Launch row overshadows Lords report on GM crops

Controversy was quickly provoked by a House of Lords Select Committee's report published in January which was presented by its Chairman as concluding that the benefits of genetically modified (GM) crops "far outweigh" their environmental risks.1 The claim is not repeated in the report itself, and provoked a row behind the scenes with other Committee members. Otherwise, the report makes recommendations for both strengthening the regulatory system for GM crops and easing their path to market. But the Committee failed to find ways to enable consumers to purchase non-GM food.

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