GM ban in Wales will safeguard ‘green’ ethic
WALES is to take advantage of new EU rules that allow member states to opt out of growing EU-authorised GM crops.
Deputy farming minister Rebecca Evans said she wants to protect organic farming and safeguard Wales’ “clean, green, natural” brand values.
The ban would prevent Welsh farmers from growing Monsanto’s EU-approved GM maize variety MON 810, which is currently grown in Spain and Portugal. She is also requesting that Wales opts out of growing seven other GM maize varieties that are currently awaiting authorisation. It means Wales will join the two-thirds of EU member states that have opted out of GM cultivation.
Ms Evans said Wales would adopt a “precautionary approach” to GM crops that would offer “no real benefit to Welsh farmers at this time”.
“It will allow us to protect the significant investment we have made in our organic sector and safeguard the agricultural land in Wales that is managed under voluntary agri-environment schemes,” she added.