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Environment Sec backs GM food

Genetically modified food should be grown and sold widely in Britain, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has said.

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GM crops 'banned in the UK'

The coalition has allowed small-scale cultivation trials for GM food but widespread use is effectively banned.

Widespread use of GM food is effectively banned Credit: Andrew Parsons/PA Archive

Some GM products are contained in imported foods, but most supermarkets have banned the ingredients from their own-brand products because of public unease about the material.

Former prime minister Tony Blair retreated in the face of public scepticism during the 1990s after initially seeming well-disposed towards the technology.

However, the Government has recently run a consultation exercise about new "agri-tech" measures to increase the efficiency of British farms.

A formal ministerial response is due next year.

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