DEFRA Secretary Owen Paterson’s views on genetically modified crops could set Westminster against the Scottish and Welsh Governments.
Both administrations are opposed to the technology and have taken steps to prevent it being grown in their countries.
A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “The cultivation of GM crops could damage Scotland’s rich environment and would threaten our reputation for producing high quality and natural foods. It would damage Scotland’s image as a land of food and drink.”
A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “The Welsh Government maintains a precautionary approach to GM crop cultivation in Wales and adheres to the UK and EU legislative framework.”