Calls for GM food rules to be relaxed

Photo: Bernat Casero, Flickr

Photo: Bernat Casero, Flickr


Britain’s chief scientist has backed calls to relax EU restrictions on genetically modified (GM) crops. Sir Mark Walport said the rise of genetically modified food was “inexorable”, but his views have met with protest. Voice of Russia’s Nima Green reports.

Currently biotech firms and British farmers are not allowed to grow GM crops except for scientific research.

However, with the global population rising and many scientists warning of a growing food crisis, Sir Walport said that GM food is beneficial.

The Government’s new chief scientific advisor has added his voice to a growing number of scientists who argue that GM crops would be useful in alleviating malnutrition and human diseases around the world.

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