Scotland Prioritises Eco-Credentials Over Economics: Bans Genetically Modified Crops
Genetically modified crops will be officially banned in Scotland under new plans by the Scottish Government. The policy is the latest ‘green’ initiative by the Scottish National Party (SNP), which has already committed the country to generating 100 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. Earlier this year the EU relaxed its strict regulations on the growing of genetically modified crops in a bid to make cultivation of the crops more commercially viable. But the changes to the law allowed for jurisdictions to opt out of the relaxation, keeping in place tight rules and regulations on what may be grown, The Guardian has reported. Scotland has chosen to use that opt-out, further driving a wedge between the Scottish Parliament and Westminster, and cementing its reputation for anti-economic environmentalism. Scotland’s Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead has justified the ban by invoked the precautionary principle – the notion that we
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