Government to spend 3.3m on GM trials

16 April 1999

Government to spend £3.3m on GM trials

THE government is to spend £3.3 million on “farm scale” trials to compare the impacts of genetically modified (GM) oil seed rape and maize on the wider environment.

The studies will be carried out by a number of research centres led by the Natural Environment Research Councils Institute of Terrestrial Ecology.

Insect and plant life in and around the test fields will be investigated.

The first trials, covering the impact of herbicide-tolerant crops, are taking place this year.

GM oilseed rape has already been planted in Wiltshire.

The government is hoping to agree a voluntary moratorium on commercial plantings of GM crops until the trials have been completed.

So far the industry has refused.

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