27 May 1999
NFUS calls for sensible GM debate

A VICE-PRESIDENT of the National Farmers Union of Scotland (NFUS), has for a “more sensible and sensitive” debate about genetically modified (GM) crops.

Peter Stewart, said his union was against a blanket ban, believing that many consumers concerns could be addressed by clear labelling.

He was speaking after a meeting of the unions combinable crops committee which also discussed scale-backs on land eligible for arable aid payments.

Farmers in Scotlands non-Less Favoured Areas suffered subsidy cuts of 7.1% last year, resulting in a penalty of £7.9 million on a total pay-out of £104m.

The union claims it has been told that agriculture minister Nick Brown would be willing to argue the unions case in Brussels on the issue.