Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser used a Scottish Government debate to re-affirm his support for the use of Genetically Modified Crops.
With the global population set to rise past 9 billion by the year 2050, feeding the world looks set to dominate future political debates.
With land available for cultivation decreasing thanks to the growth of cash crops and bio-fuels, genetically modified food will be critical in solving world hunger.
Speaking on GM crops in the chamber Murdo Fraser MSP said;
“I strongly recommend that they (MSPs) visit the excellent James Hutton Institute in Invergowrie, which is doing world leading research in the subject (GM crops) but which is held back by the Scottish Government’s approach, which does not permit the institute to do field trials of GM crops.”
“I simply say to the Scottish Government that it should have more courage and listen to people such as Anne Glover, the former chief scientific adviser to the Scottish Government and the current chief scientific adviser to the European Union, who said just this year: ‘There is no substantiated case of any adverse impact on human health, animal health or environmental health, so that’s pretty robust evidence, and I would be confident in saying that there is no more risk in eating GMO food than eating conventionally farmed food’”.
Speaking outside the chamber Murdo Fraser MSP said:
“When we hear world leading scientists such as Anne Glover advocating the use of GM crops, policy makers and governments’ must stand up and listen.
“Scotland has the potential to be at the sharp end of world leading research in this sector. Historically, Scottish scientists have pioneered innovative game changing technology and I referenced the James Hutton Institute as I believe they have the capacity to do the same.
“Farmers in Mid-Scotland and Fife have long advocated the use of GM supported crops. Hopefully, the Scottish Government will listen to these key stakeholders and scientific advice and re-open this debate.”