Neil Russel, proposing the move, said: 'This council recognises that genetic modification of crop plants is a relatively new branch of science and technology.
The council voted in favour, to that so far as possible and practical, the borough be kept free of GM crops by ensuring that:
* no GM crops are grown on land over which it has direct control;
* no GM seeds are used in Bournemouth BC's parks and gardens;
* a GM free policy will be applied to all goods and services for which the council is responsible, including staff restaurants, social services day centres and schools.
The education directorate are helping all school meal providers, where they can, to source any produce and ingredients from places where the known risk of contaminants is minimal and there are satisfactory arrangements to ensure that GM foods and other additives are excluded.