EU must change GM stance, says Willetts

12.06.2013

Farmers Weekly

Published on 12 June 2013

British ministers are urging Brussels to ease restrictions on growing GM crops to avoid becoming a "museum of the 20th century".

UK universities and science minister David Willetts said EU rules on GM crops, stem cell research and nanotechnology were holding back ground-breaking work and ministers were worried the EU could fall behind.

"We believe GM crops can help make agriculture more efficient and also, just as importantly, more sustainable by, for example, reducing the use of pesticides and the use of fossil fuels," said Mr Willetts, speaking at the Cheltenham Science Festival, as reported in The Times.

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