The Telegraph: Speed up roll-out of GM crops, says Downing Street
Speed up roll-out of GM crops, says Downing Street
Published on 10 December 2012 by Christopher Hope, Senior Political Correspondent
Downing Street said it was working behind the scenes to encourage European Commission officials to make it easier for farmers to grow GM crops.
The news came after Owen Paterson, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs secretary, said in an interview with The Daily Telegraph that GM food should be grown and sold widely in Britain.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “This is something that is regulated at a European level by the European Commission.
“The Commission is currently looking at ways to make the regulatory system more efficient and more effective, and we are engaging with that because we think it would be possible to speed things up.
“We think this should be based on the science and we need to ensure public safety but if we can speed up a slow system then we should do that.”