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Environment Sec backs GM food

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is set to reopen the controversy over genetically modified crops with a speech extolling the benefits of the technology.

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UK must play a 'leading role in feeding the world'

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said he wanted the UK to have a "leading role in feeding the world" by utilising GM crops.

Mr Paterson said the Government will make the UK the "best place" for companies and research providers to carry out their work by breaking down any barriers they may face.

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson pictured at Rothamsted Research in Hertfordshire today. Credit: ITV News

He acknowledged public and environmental fears but insisted that "extensive testing" was in place:

"As with all technologies, public and environmental safety is paramount.

"The truth is that products are subject to extensive testing and development in tightly controlled conditions - progressing from laboratory, to glasshouse, to field trials only when it's safe to do so."

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