Scotland to ban GM crop growing

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 13:46 GMT, Aug 9, 2015 |

Scotland is to ban the growing of genetically modified crops, the country’s rural affairs secretary has announced.

Richard Lochhead said the Scottish government was not prepared to “gamble” with the future of the country’s £14bn food and drink sector.

He is to request that Scotland be excluded from any European consents for the cultivation of GM crops.

But farming leaders said they were disappointed by the move.

Under EU rules, GM crops must be formally authorised before they can be cultivated.

An amendment came into force earlier this year which allows member states and devolved administrations to restrict or ban the cultivation of genetically modified organisms within their territory.