12 May 1999
Kirk rejects GM moratorium

THE Church of Scotland has rejected calls for a five-year moratorium on genetically modified (GM) crops.

Instead, church ministers and officials have urged the government to adopt a precautionary approach to biotechnology.

The General Assembly accepted a report which recognised the potential of GM foods for human, environmental and medical good.

But it called for the mandatory labelling of all foods whose production involved genetic modification.

It also expressed concern at the lack of public accountability in the introduction of GM varieties of soya and maize into the UK and the EU.

  • The Herald 12/05/99 page 11