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RSE Calls for a Rational GM Debate

Posted 24/09/2015

In light of the Scottish Government’s recent decision not to permit the use of EU approved genetically modified (GM) crops in Scotland, the RSE has published an advice paper which it hopes will stimulate a rational debate on a complex issue around which there are deeply held opposing views.

RSE fellow, Professor Nigel Brown commented, “Scotland is renowned for its world-class scientific research therefore it would be regrettable to stigmatise an area of exciting development which provides real scope for global benefit. The RSE recognises that the Scottish Government supports science and innovation as the bedrock of the Scottish economy and as a key basis for policy-making, therefore it would welcome the opportunity to contribute to a wider debate around the use of GM.”

The RSE’s full response can be found here.

The accompanying press release can be found here

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