Britain’s environment minister Michael Meacher has said that contamination from genetically modified crops is a threat to the government’s hopes of increasing organic food production in Britain.

Around 30% of the organic produce consumed in Britain is grown there and the government plans to increase this to 70% by 2010.

“The co-existence of organic and GM crops is a very real problem,” Meacher was quoted by the Guardian as saying.

 “Whatever decisions the government comes to about the commercial growing of GM crops in Britain, it has to be compatible with allowing the growth of organics.”

Meacher added that although consumers might be opposed to the growing of GM crops, it was impossible under EU rules for Britain to stop growing them unless it found health or environmental evidence that they were harmful.

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData
Visit our Privacy Policy for more information about our services, how we may use, process and share your personal data, including information of your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.

Anti-GM campaigners were angered by this admission, saying the government-sponsored debate on the commercial growing of GM crops in Britain is pointless is the country does not have a choice anyway, reported the Guardian.