Should the UK allow the Commercial growing of crops

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1. Possible contamination with ordinary plants due to wind blowing the GM seeds to other fields

1.1. crops can't be sold as organic

2. Reduces risk of famine and malnutrition

2.1. Golden rice

2.1.1. Production blocked over opposition to it

3. Current UK laws

3.1. Do not grow any GM crops ourselves

3.1.1. primarily used in animal feed and a few food products

3.2. Import but must be label

3.3. estimated that the UK has lost around £4 billion (approximately US$7.2 billion) worth of revenue due to its non-acceptance of GMO

3.4. significant public disapproval

3.4.1. In 2007 and 2008 two fields planted with GM crops were raided overnight by activists, who pulled out the plants despite twenty-four-hour security guards, fencing, and court injunctions

3.5. In 2015 the UK called for EU regulations regarding GMO to be relaxed

3.6. EU controls laws regarding GMO - Brexit could change UK's position

4. Yes

4.1. Can produce more nutritious crops

4.2. GM has reduced chemical pesticide use by 37%, increased crop yields by 22%, and increased farmer profits by 68%.

5. No, encourages monoculture which reduces biodiversity

5.1. farmers will plant single type of crop

6. Yes, because it can produce crops with reduced allergenicity

6.1. By removing allergenic compounds from the crop

6.2. Reduced level of major rice allergen

7. Ethical issues

7.1. Trying to be god??

8. Superweeds (Resistant to herbicide)

8.1. Weed tolerant to all types of herbicides that have been currently developed

8.2. can lead to uncontrolled spread of recombinant DNA

9. No, because if GMO interbreed with wild plant the spread of RDNA will be uncontrolled

9.1. Unknown consequences

10. Organic crops get contaminated by the wind blown seeds from the nearby GMO crops

10.1. Farmer who sells organic products might lose income if crops are contaminated

11. Can produce crops with vaccine and therapeutics for human and animal diseases

12. Can produce edible vaccines

12.1. for example there are possibilities of producing some for Hepatitis B, cancer and diabetes

13. pesticide resistance

13.1. Corns and potatoes - pollens toxic to larvae of butterfies