It’s been reported far and wide that President Donald Trump of the United States of America would force the UK to accept genetically modified food products in any free trade deal with them. As it stands, the European Union has strict regulations surrounding the sale of genetically modified animal products, and no such product is available on the EU market. Could this change in the UK after Brexit?
What Has the Government Said?
In 2018, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove said GM animals could be sold after Brexit, saying that changes in biotech will challenge us to think about the future of our food production. Gove also stated how genetic engineering could allow us to create “more valuable livestock”.
While admitting that questions need to be asked about the technology and the morals behind it, Michael Gove hasn’t ruled out allowing genetically modified animals to be sold in the UK after Brexit; a prospect which many campaigners are fighting against.
Following Brexit, it may not be too long before genetically modified animal products are available on our supermarket shelves.