29 November 1996

GM crops opposed by Soil Association

DIFFERENCES have emerged between organic farming and NFU leaders over the introduction of genetically-modified crops.

Tony Pexton, NFU deputy president told a Chartered Institute of Marketing conference that he was convinced genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) would play an important role in world food production in the future.

Patrick Holden, Soil Association director, told the conference he was totally committed to opposing the introduction of GMOs. The issue had been debated by UKROFS, which sets the standards for organic food, and "we are 100% opposed to them (GMOs)," he added.