Ben Quinn

Concerns about the health implications of genetically modified (GM) crops are “a complete nonsense” according to the environment secretary, who said Britain should be “emphatically” looking at their cultivation.

Owen Paterson, whose brief includes food and rural affairs, also said he was confident that the prime minister would find an “appropriate moment” in future to back GM food and that it would be a question of persuading the public.

“Emphatically we should be looking at GM … I’m very clear it would be a good thing,” he told the Daily Telegraph in an interview.

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