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Biotech 'brain drain' warning

SCOTLAND COULD suffer a 'brain drain' if its agri-scientists are not given the opportunity to research biotechnology, according to NFU Scotland vice president Allan Bowie.

Mr Bowie was speaking in light of the speech given by Mark Lynas at the Oxford Farming Conference, in which the environmentalist spoke of his 'science-based' conversion from opponent to supporter of genetically modified crops.

The Fife farmer said that he agreed with Mr Lynas and believed that Scotland had a dogma surrounding biotech which needed to be quashed before the country was left lagging behind pro-GM competitors.

(For the full story see The Scottish Farmer this week, January 12 2013)

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