Schools Question Time
Some students raised very specific questions, for example about the EU's regime for electronic tagging of sheep and the disposal of waste of farms. Two students asked what the EU was doing to encourage more young people to become farmers and the MEPs agreed this is an area that deserves more attention.
There were also a lot of questions about food and a detailed discussion about Genetically-Modified crops. The MEPs were divided on the issue, with Struan Stevenson arguing that GM foods were essential in order to feed the world's growing population and that Scotland should press ahead in this area, while Ian Hudghton urged a more cautious approach on the basis that the long term environmental impact is so far unknown. A show of hands was taken, revealing that a comfortable majority of those present were in favour of more widespread cultivation of GM crops. A show of hands was also taken on some aspects of food and drink labelling and a majority was in favour of labels on alcoholic drinks showing calorie contents.
On more general questions, students also wanted to know about the Euro crisis and the future enlargement of the EU, as well as EU plans in the field of renewable energy and for reform of the Common Fisheries Policy.