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Scotland Stands Firm Against GM Foods

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SCOTLAND, UK - Consumers don't want genetically modified (GM) foods in their supermarkets and shops which is why Scotland must remain GM-free, Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham said today.

In a video address to the fifth international conference on GM-free regions in Europe, the new Environment Minister strongly re-affirmed the Scottish Government's anti-GM stance.

Ms Cunningham told delegates that countries had a duty to adopt the democratic principle as well as the precautionary and preventative principles when it came to GM.

The Minister said:

"We know very little, if anything, about the long-term effects of growing GM crops. To take risks with our natural environment is wholly indefensible and irresponsible.

"When you consider our natural environment is worth around £17 million per year to the Scottish economy, we simply cannot afford to take risks with untested technologies.

"Consumers in Scotland, the UK, Europe and across the world are opposed to GM. It is up to their Governments to listen to them and take action to keep GM at bay.

"We are ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with other nations who are opposed to GM and fight for what our people want."

This is the fifth international conference of GM free regions in Europe. It is being held in Lucerne, Switzerland on April 24 and 25 and will focus on the issue of food and democracy.

The conference provides a forum for a series wide ranging discussions on the latest developments of interest to GMO-free regions such as GMO regulation in Europe, strategies for the co-existence of GM and non-GM crops and options for ensuring supply of GM-free products.

Recent public attitude surveys in Europe and America (including Harris and Gallup polls) found the majority were either apprehensive or opposed to GM.

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