Scotland Completely Bans GMOs as Kenya Lifts Ban

Barely a week after the Kenyan government announced that it was set to lift a ban on genetically modified organisms GMOs in the next three months; Scotland has outlawed the infamous organisms after all.

Environmentalists have lauded the move by Scotland even though there could be more to the ban than meets the eye.

The government defended the ban saying it would protect the environment.

“Scotland is known around the world for our beautiful natural environment — and banning growing genetically modified crops will protect and further enhance our clean, green status,” said rural Affairs Chief Richard Lochhead.

See also Advantages of GMOs and Why Kenya May Not Benefit from #RutoGmoDeal

Industry bodies have questioned the long-term prospects of the early opting out of genetically modified crops, contending that the future impact on the Scottish food industry could be detrimental.

Under current EU regulations, countries can opt out of GM consents on a case-by-case basis.

Scotland intends to request that it be excluded from European consents for the cultivation of GM crops, specifically the variety of genetically modified maize already approved and six other GM crops that are awaiting authorization.”

More details here: Scotland’s GMO ban means little (for now)

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