GM crop separation "political, not scientific"

EU scientists say isolation distances a crop management issue, not risk related

The isolation of genetically modified (GM) crops from non-modified counterparts to safeguard the integrity of organic cultivation is a political issue that cannot be resolved by scientists, the EU's scientific committee on plants (SCP) has stated.

In an opinion released yesterday the committee said it could not comment on a UK request for EU approval to introduce mandatory separation distances in Wales between GM and non-GM maize. The request was made under article 16 of the EU's deliberate release directive.

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