Warwickshire has escaped being
used in the next round of GM crop trials to the relief of local
campaigners who have been calling for a rethink of the tests.
Stratford MP John Maples has
welcomed the news as he has been calling for a re-appraisal of the
strategy of testing oilseed rape and beet.
He said the impact of the
trials on beekeepers was one factor that had not been sufficiently
considered. One of his constituents, based in Harbury, has been
affected by trials in his area.
Mr Maples said:
"I have consistently
pursued the Government on two fronts.
“In particular by calling
for a change of policy as it affects beekeepers and calling for the
presence of commercial beekeepers to be taken into account in the
selection of future sites."
This will help a beekeeper in
Harbury who has been seriously affected by trials in the area.
“Secondly I have called
for a reappraisal of location of the sites chosen for trials so that
the same locations are not chosen in successive years.
“I have lobbied everyone
connected with this matter and am delighted that local sites have
not been chosen again for these spring trials.
“I am not against trials
but want to see the results before I would support any commercial
have always believed the whole process should be completely open,
with no secrets being kept from the public.”