The Scottish government announced on Sunday that the country will formally ban the growing of genetically modified crops.
Rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead released a statement saying there is no evidence of high demand for GMO crops among Scottish consumers, and that he fears allowing GM crops would damage the country’s “clean and green brand.”
Many Scottish farmers disapprove of the ban, pointing out that competing farms in nearby England face no such restriction. “The hope was to have open discussion and allow science to show the pros and cons for all of us to understand either the potential benefits or potential downsides. What we have now is that our competitors will get any benefits and we have to try and compete. It is rather naïve.”