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TITLE:  ?NO EVIDENCE? GM CROPS CIRCULATED

SOURCE: British Broadcasting Corporation, UK

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URL:    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/mid_/8184117.stm

DATE:   05.08.2009

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?NO EVIDENCE? GM CROPS CIRCULATED

Jonathan Harrington has denied that he broke any laws

An investigation has found no evidence a farmer who grew genetically modified cops circulated them to two farms.

Jonathan Harrington who farms near Hay-on-Wye, Powys, said in January he had grown two varieties of the maize and passed the seeds onto other farmers.

But Powys council said there was no evidence GM crops had been circulated to farms or fed to stock in the county.

Mr Harrington, of Tregoyd, has been contacted for a response, but has been unavailable for comment.

Following comments made by Mr Harrington on BBC Radio 4?s Today programme in January, the assembly government said it could not legally ban GM crops, but had a restrictive GM crop policy.

By growing the maize, Mr Harrington defied a Welsh Assembly Government vote to keep Wales free from genetically modified crops.

Public protection

He denied breaking any laws, but anti-GM campaigners said he had done by failing to register with the authorities.

Powys council?s trading standards service said it fully investigated claims Mr Harrington had passed GM crops onto other farmers to use as animal feed, but had found no evidence GM crops had been circulated to other farms.

Councillor Graham Brown, who is responsible for public protection, said: ?This was a serious claim which caused considerable concern in the farming community and was fully investigated by officers.

?I would like to reassure the community that we found no evidence that GM crops were circulated to any farms in the Powys area or fed to any stock in the county.?

The council said it had followed up ?numerous complaints concerning cross contamination and crops being fed to stock?.

Earlier this year, Mr Harrington chose from an European Union-approved list of crops which he said was approved for growing anywhere in the EU.

He claimed as he was growing crops commercially and not as a trial, he was not required to inform the authorities of the location.

An investigation has found no evidence a farmer who grew genetically modified cops circulated them to two farms.

Jonathan Harrington who farms near Hay-on-Wye, Powys, said in January he had grown two varieties of the maize and passed the seeds onto other farmers.

But Powys council said there was no evidence GM crops had been circulated to farms or fed to stock in the county.

Mr Harrington, of Tregoyd, has been contacted for a response, but has been unavailable for comment.

Following comments made by Mr Harrington on BBC Radio 4?s Today programme in January, the assembly government said it could not legally ban GM crops, but had a restrictive GM crop policy.

By growing the maize, Mr Harrington defied a Welsh Assembly Government vote to keep Wales free from genetically modified crops.

Public protection

He denied breaking any laws, but anti-GM campaigners said he had done by failing to register with the authorities.

Powys council?s trading standards service said it fully investigated claims Mr Harrington had passed GM crops onto other farmers to use as animal feed, but had found no evidence GM crops had been circulated to other farms.

Councillor Graham Brown, who is responsible for public protection, said: ?This was a serious claim which caused considerable concern in the farming community and was fully investigated by officers.

?I would like to reassure the community that we found no evidence that GM crops were circulated to any farms in the Powys area or fed to any stock in the county.?

The council said it had followed up ?numerous complaints concerning cross contamination and crops being fed to stock?.

Earlier this year, Mr Harrington chose from an European Union-approved list of crops which he said was approved for growing anywhere in the EU.

He claimed as he was growing crops commercially and not as a trial, he was not required to inform the authorities of the location.




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