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EFRA: Agriculture Bill Inquiry

18 Oct 2018

Safeguard our farmsGM Freeze evidence to the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Commitee’s Agriculture Bill Inquiry.

Key points in our evidence include:

  • Genetic resources and genetic diversity are both key public goods. Genetic resources should not be controlled through patenting.
  • The UK needs a robust and transparent process for authorising the use of GMOs; effective measures to prevent GM contamination and an effective liability regime for those affected by GM contamination.
  • Transparency and fairness require compulsory clear labelling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients.
  • The devolved nations’ divergent policy on GM in food and farming must be respected and legislation developed that will allow it to be fully implemented.