Our Proposals

In consultation with organisations representing all sectors of the UK farming and food supply chain, SCIMAC has developed framework proposals to address – through existing industry systems - the UK Government’s stated policy objectives on GM crop co-existence and liability. The six-point plan is summarised in the table below:

Action Description Delivery
1. Code of Practice

Practical guidelines for growing and handling GM crops

Updated version of existing SCIMAC Code of Practice and on-farm guidelines

2. Compliance

Measures requiring GM growers to observe guidelines

Incorporation of SCIMAC protocols into existing farm assurance schemes

3. Audit

Independent verification of GM growers’ compliance

Annual on-farm inspection by independently accredited (EN45011) auditors

4. Oversight

Independent / Government monitoring of co-existence in practice

GM Inspectorate / Rural Payments Agency/Other

5. Co-responsibility

Mechanism(s) to ensure co-operation between neighbouring growers

Separation distance and notification arrangements given statutory backing through secondary legislation

6. Redress

Mechanism(s) to restore the marketing position of non-GM farmers whose produce exceeds the 0.9% GM labelling threshold through no fault of their own

SCIMAC Redress Charter, delivered through conditions attached to existing seed licensing, farm assurance and contractual arrangements

Click on each action point for further details.

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