Leading scientists warn about dangers of EU regulation on GM

The Report to the Council for Science and Technology released today, and the accompanying letter from Sir Mark Walport and Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell (Co-Chairs of the Council for Science and Technology), mark a very significant step in the debate over GM.
 
The findings of the Report from five eminent scientists, and the letter, endorse many of the recommendations in my recent Fresh Start Report into how the EU affects UK Life Sciences. My Report highlighted the way in which EU regulation is holding back GM and risks turning Europe into a backwater, calling for the UK to be able to set its own policy on GM if the EU refuses to reform.
 
The letter to the Prime Minister highlights the problem: ‘The longer the EU continues to oppose GM whilst the rest of the world adopts it, the greater the risk that EU agriculture will become uncompetitive, especially as more GM crops and traits are commercialised successfully elsewhere. The UK should continue to call loudly for science- and evidence-based decision making on this issue.’ 
 
GM and agricultural technologies represent a major opportunity for the UK. We must heed the warnings in the Report and Letter and make sure we reform the EU regulatory framework so that we don’t miss out on one of the major technological revolutions of our age. As I wrote in a column for the Times recently: ‘This is a once-in-a-generation chance. We can’t let EU bureaucracy stand in the way’.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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