Scottish Government welcomes India's ban on Bt brinjal
The Scottish Government, News Release: 9 Feb 2010
India's decision to reject the cultivation of GM aubergines [Bt brinjal] has been welcomed by the Scottish Government.
Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham said the decision was further evidence of growing concern about the damage GM could inflict on the environment.
The Indian Government earlier today (Tuesday) deferred a decision on GM aubergines, until further scientific tests have been carried out.
Ms Cunningham said:
"We know very little, if anything, about the long-term effects of growing GM crops. To take risks with our natural environment is wholly indefensible and irresponsible. We simply cannot afford to take risks with untested technologies.
"We are ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with other nations who are opposed to GM and fight for what our people want. It is clear that concerns about GM exist in the developing, as well as the developed world, and I am pleased to see that the Indian Government has listened to public opinion."
Countries who have already joined with Scotland in declaring their opposition to GM include Austria, Hungary and Ireland as well as many regions across Europe.