David Lidington: Less spin, more action on GM crops

Commenting on the National GM Debate starting tomorrow, David Lidington MP Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said,

"There has to be a genuine debate. The Government must not spin its way to a decision it has already reached before that debate has taken place".

"The public deserves a clear scientific assessment of the environmental consequences of allowing GM crops to be grown in their country. It would be quite wrong for Ministers to sweep those issues under the carpet with a poorly advertised 'national debate', and then press ahead without even waiting for the results of its own field trials."

"As for GM food, it's a matter of consumer rights. Customers have the right to know if the food they are buying has GM ingredients. That means a clear, honest system of labelling".

ENDS

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