Scotland announced this weekend that they will ban all genetically modified crops inside the country. 

“Scotland is known around the world for our beautiful natural environment — and banning growing genetically modified crops will protect and further enhance our clean, green status,” Scotland’s Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead, said.

No GMO are currently grown anywhere in the UK, but support is growing and that may soon change. GMOs are rare throughout Europe, where only one kind of modified corn is grown commercially. 

Facts about GMos:

 In 2013, at least 26 countries around the world had banned GMO crops. 

 Scientific organizations including the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Medical Association, the European Commission agree that GMOs are no more harmful to public health than regular crops.

 Many GMOs require the use of less herbicide and insecticide, because they are bred to be resistant to weeds and bugs.

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