Genetically Modified Organisms

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department plans to take to assist the UK farming sector to introduce GM crops.

Photo of Dan Rogerson Dan Rogerson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The commercial cultivation of GM crops is subject to regulatory approval at EU level. We are arguing for the European Union authorisation regime to operate more effectively, without unjustified delays in reaching decisions. We want fair and predictable market access for GM crops which pass the required safety assessment, so that our farmers can choose whether or not to grow them. Before GM crops are planted commercially in England, DEFRA will assist the farm sector by ensuring that pragmatic segregation measures are in place which enables GM and non-GM crop production to co-exist.

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