10,000 sign for GM-free Wales

23 May 2000

10,000 sign for GM-free Wales

By FWi staff

A PETITION with 10,000 signatures calling for a GM-free Wales has been presented to the National Assembly for Wales.

Friends of the Earth Cymru and assembly members presented the petition to Rhodri Glyn Thomas, chairman of the assemblys agriculture committee, on Tuesday (23 May)

On Wednesday (24 May) the Welsh Assembly will vote on a motion to adopt a GM-free Welsh environment policy.

The issue of genetically modified crops has stirred controversy in Wales in recent weeks.

This month a GM field-scale trial site was drilled in Flintshire, despite the assembly claiming this could not be done without its permission.

Agriculture secretary Christine Gwyther was subsequently accused of failing to act to create a GM-free environment in Wales and faced a motion of censure.

Earlier Ms Gwyther called for Wales to become a GM-free zone, but then allowed genetically modified seed to be added to the National Seed List.

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