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Urgent call for meeting on GM crops

Posted 18/08/2015

Following recent comments by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Richard Lochhead MSP, opposing the growing of GM crops in Scotland, the RSE has joined with a broad range of organisations with an interest in science calling for an urgent meeting.

Professor Alan Alexander, General Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh commented, “As a national academy charged with the ‘advancement of learning and useful knowledge’ we are strongly committed to evidence led policy making. We are concerned that the scientific case for well regulated use of biotechnology has not been sufficiently heeded.”

“Scottish Government statements implying that GMOs are ‘unethical’ have given an anti-science message that may prove to be very damaging to the long established outstanding reputation of Scotland within the international scientific community.”

The RSE also intends to issue an updated Advice Paper that will draw the latest scientific evidence on GM technologies. This will then be presented to the Cabinet Secretary and the Scottish Parliament Rural Affairs Committee.

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