Scotland’s secretary of rural affairs, Richard Lochhead, announced a ban on growing genetically modified crops.
According to the BBC:
Richard Lochhead said the Scottish government was not prepared to “gamble” with the future of Scotland’s £14bn food and drink sector.As expected, the usual cronies in the biotechnology industry are immediately accusing Scotland of being “anti-science”.
He is to request that Scotland be excluded from any European consents for the cultivation of GM crops.
But farming leaders said they were disappointed by the move.
Mr Lochhead said the request for opt-outs from GM crop consent would cover an EU approved variety of genetically modified maize and six other GM crops that are awaiting authorisation.
He said that Scotland was known around the world for its “beautiful natural environment” and banning the growing of genetically modified crops would protect and further enhance its “clean, green status”.
This ban follows several other small nations that have banned the use of the herbicide glyphosate following the World Health Organization’s determination that it is a probable cause of cancer.
Glyphosate is what most industrial GMO crops are designed to be soaked with during cultivation. It is a proven health hazard to humans and the environment.