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Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th June 2011.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Chesterton Lord Hunt of Chesterton Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in making contingency plans for the introduction of genetically modified organisms into use in agriculture in the United Kingdom, they intend to provide for zoning and other measures to allay public concerns about biodiversity.

Photo of Lord Henley Lord Henley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Under the European Union control regime, genetically modified crops will be authorised for commercial cultivation only if a robust assessment indicates that human health and the environment will not be compromised. We do not therefore expect that zoning or other measures would be required because crops which might have an adverse impact on biodiversity would not receive approval in the first instance.

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