The Guardian is saying it is too late to keep GM out of the country. They argue that there is already a lot of GM soya in the food chain so more is inevitable.
Of the 2.6m tonnes of soya imported into the UK last year, nearly two-thirds was genetically modified. The vast majority of this came from the Americas and was used as animal feed, although most people remain unaware of it. GM soya oil is also now used in quantity in the catering industry, according to government reports.
I for one am not about the throw in the towel and am outraged that the government has let this happen. Why did they do that knowing that there was so much consumer opposition in the UK?
The cynics and conspiracy theorists will argue that the government has not been passive and have actively constructed a scenario that means we have no choice but to accept what the biotech companies want. They have systematically rubbished organic food and are now openly saying that they will judge the use of GM in food on a case by case basis. That is a change of policy that slipped through unnoticed without debate.
This is not about ‘feeding the world’ or combating hunger or increasing yields or any of the other nonsense that has come out of biotech company PR departments. The only reason that the biotechs want GM in Europe is profit, money loads and loads of it. They do not even bother about rigorous independent tests before releasing their products on an unsuspecting public.
Make no mistake, GM is untested. Any attempts at testing on animals have been dismissed and the scientists sacked. Look at the case of Dr Arpad Pusztai who tested GM potato on rats and found it caused problems in their digestive system. He was hounded out of his job and ridiculed. The rumours surrounding the case say that there was direct intervention from ‘number 10’ in the way of phone calls to the institution employing him.
What is also concerning is that the president of Garden Organic, the largest organic gardening charity in Europe, has changed his stance and is now supporting the ‘democratic’ use of GM. It is the technology that is the issue here, the forcing of alien genes into plants in a way that would never occur naturally, that is the issue and not just who owns the technology.
“If there were a “people’s GM”, I wouldn’t be against it” – Tim Lang, president of Garden Organic.
So are we to assume that opposition from the organic sector is crumbling? Absolutely not says Myles Bremner the CEO of Garden Organic; but there does seem to be a contradiction here just at the time when the organic movement needs to present a united front!
It is NOT too late to stop this nonsense. Ireland has recently declared itself GM free. Their Irish government see this as a way of increasing food security and developing a strong export market in GM free products.
Things are also changing in the US where a judge recently refused to allow a GM crop to be planted as it would prevent freedom of choice i.e. it would be impossible for neighbouring farms to grow non GM crops due to the pollution from pollen drift and pollen on visiting bees.
Why oh why is the UK government so set on forcing GM on us? Why are they risking our health and taking away our choices just so that biotech companies can make more money? The policy stinks more than the current expenses scandal!
See this site for some good information about why we just don’t need GM food.
Please do something now; write to you MP and your MEP telling them that you do NOT want GM to be forced on England (both Scotland and Wales have declared themselves to be GM free) – find your MP/MEP here.
Please help to stop GM, there are other more eco friendly ways to produce as much food as we need. Write to Hilary Benn, the driving force behind the rush to GM food in the UK. Tell him you do not want it and demand that all food is tested for GM contamination. His email address is email@example.com or phone him on phone 020 7219 6714
In the Constituency:
Hilary Benn MP
2 Blenheim Terrace
phone: 0113 244 1097
fax: 0113 234 1176
Hilary Benn MP
House of Commons