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BOURNEMOUTH COUNCIL VOTES TO STAY GM FREE

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Bournemouth BC has voted in favour of a motion to see that no GM crops are used in services across the borough. Thi...
Bournemouth BC has voted in favour of a motion to see that no GM crops are used in services across the borough. This includes school meals, day centre meals and other areas of food production in the council.

Neil Russel, proposing the move, said: 'This council recognises that genetic modification of crop plants is a relatively new branch of science and technology.

'There is still a scientific debate about the safety of GM crops to both the environment and to human health and the commercial growing of GM crops represents scientific, legal, economic, social and ethical problems that have not yet been properly addressed.'

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.

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