Welsh pride

Friends of the Earth Cymru has stepped up the pace of its campaign against genetically modified (GM) crops with the launch of a cheeky billboard outside the Welsh Assembly Building in Cardiff Bay.

The launch coincides with the publication of a legal opinion from top lawyers Nicholas Cooke QC and Stephen Cragg. This states that the Welsh Assembly can resist the commercialisation of GM crops across the UK by refusing to add the GM maize variety ChardonLL to the UK's national list of seed varieties - the final hurdle to the commercialisation of GM crops in the UK. Julian Rosser, head of campaigns at Friends of the Earth Cymru, said: "Government lawyers from the Welsh Assembly have been saying for years that the Assembly has little scope to resist GM crops in the UK.

This powerfully argued legal opinion from one of Wales' most respected barristers blows that claim right out of the water." There is a cross-party consensus in the Assembly against GM crops. Welsh First Minister Rhodri Morgan said it is their policy "for Wales to be GM free".

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