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Genetically Modified Crops Policy

We are concerned about GM crop trials within or close to Colchester borough and the potential hazard they pose to residents and the local environment.

The Council will therefore use its best endeavours to ensure that such trials do not take place until such time as they can be demonstrated to be safe. Recognising that this is a problem that crosses District Council boundaries, Colchester Borough Council will approach other Essex District Councils and Babergh District Council with a view to working together in addressing this potential danger to our residents and our environment.

In furtherance of its aims the Council will seek the support of Essex County Councillors who represent Colchester borough residents as well as the Members of Parliament for Colchester and North Essex along with Members of the European Parliament for the eastern region.