GM Crops

Genetically modified crops are a hot button issue. A debate that has raged since the mid 90’s has had little effect on the actual production here in the UK. In the states GM crops are now widespread and consumed all over the country, but the EU has had strong reactions against them and we are not alone, Asia also has it’s doubts.

GM Crops to be growing as soon as 2015

A new ruling that was announced last week says that individual member states have the right to opt-out. The UK government has backed this ruling and supports their introduction into English farming. Two strains of weed killer resistant maize have been given the go ahead and could be growing in the UK as soon as 2015.

The Environmental Secretary, Owen Peters said “This is a real step forward in unblocking the dysfunctional EU process for approving GM crops, which is letting down farmers and stopping scientific development”

So what exactly is genetically modifying crops?

Crops have been developed by farmers for years, this is done by altering the characteristics such as size and taste, and the crops which have a better taste or are simply more popular for various reasons are selected and then bred from. This is the method which has been used all over the world for years and years, genetically modifying is a much more complex process. To defeat natural barriers genetic modification allows scientists to take genes from one organism and put them into another, thus combining characteristics.

The initial negative reaction from some countries argues that ethical issues come into play here, just as with Dolly the sheep, the first sheep to be cloned. Difficult questions have to be asked as to whether scientific development is being decreased as a result of our moral compasses. But in the case of GM crops,

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