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December 2009

Defra Consultation: The Socio-economic Aspects of Genetically Modified (GM) Crop Cultivation

Our response is made in the context of there being, as yet, no commercial cultivation of GM crops in the UK and only limited experience elsewhere in the EU. Moreover, as market conditions in the EU dictate that UK food and drink manufacturers source their raw materials from non-GM supply chains, we have no direct experience of the import or use of GM crops. However, increasing pressure on availability and price of non-GM sources of certain crops, and new developments which may in time produce crops modified with traits perceived as more beneficial to consumers, and/or more sustainable from an agricultural and supply chain perspective, we anticipate that GM-derived food ingredients will enter the UK and EU markets in the foreseeable future.

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