MPs back Group’s GM decision

TWO Early Day motions backing the Co-operative Group&#039s stance on genetically modified crops have attracted the support of over 40 MPs. A motion welcoming the Group&#039s announcement that...

TWO Early Day motions backing the Co-operative Group&#039s stance on genetically modified crops have attracted the support of over 40 MPs.

A motion welcoming the Group&#039s announcement that it is to ban GM food and ingredients from its stores and calling on other food producers and retailers to follow the Co-op&#039s example was tabled by Mike Weir, SNP MP for Angus. Within a few days it had been signed by 14 members including representatives of the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish and Welsh nationalists as well as Labour.

A later EDM on similar lines proposed by Labour MP Alan Simpson congratulates the Co-op on its decision; recognises that it is in line with consumers and farmers&#039 wishes and urges the Government and other supermarkets to follow the Co-op lead.

Labour/Co-op MPs Ken Purchase, David Taylor and Ian Davidson were among the 27 early signatories of Alan Simpson&#039s EDM, while Mr Davidson and David Drew also supported the Weir motion.

Mr Weir commented: "The Co-operative Group have taken their decision on the strength of current scientific knowledge as well as the overwhelming opposition of their members.

"All businesses should follow such a precautionary approach and resist the blandishments of the GM producers – at least until such time as there is more knowledge and understanding of this technology."

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