MPs hear evidence on difficulties of segregating non-GM crops

Food manufacturers and retailers are succeeding in obtaining "identity preserved" supplies of non-genetically modified soya and maize, the House of Commons Agriculture Committee heard in December. Retailers told the inquiry that the costs of identity preservation (IP) systems have yet to affect consumers, but Friends of the Earth argued that they should be paid for by a levy on biotechnology businesses. Costs may rise as the global acreage of GM crops increases - and if commercial growing of GM crops is authorised in the UK.

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