The GM battle is far from over
The GM battle is far from over - please support the Soil Association appeal
All the major supermarkets now sell meat, eggs, dairy and farmed fish from animals fed on GM feed (with the exception of Waitrose, leading the way by keeping GM feed out of its poultry). Yet none of the food products from these animals are labelled to show the animals have been fed on GM feed, keeping consumers in the dark. Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for the Environment, seems determined to railroad GM into our countryside and into our food, without protecting the integrity of organic food or the right of any farmer to grow GM free food.
Most disturbingly, the influence of international corporations on politicians and others - for example the World Food Prize being awarded to a Monsanto executive this year - seems to be shaping opinion that organic ways of farming are irrelevant to the need to feed a growing population, when major studies1 show that the opposite is true.
The Soil Association needs to fight for the right of farmers and consumers to choose, ensuring our voice is heard and to show that organic methods can yield bigger dividends for people and the environment than GM ever could. A donation from you can help us do this.
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Find out more about the facts when it comes to GM
The pro-GM lobby regularly portray critics of GM crops as 'anti-science'. Soil Association Policy Director, Peter Melchett, explains how the pro-GM lobby is guilty of being anti-science itself, in his article 'The pro-GM lobby's seven sins against science'. See the seven sins here, read the article, equip yourself with the facts, and feel confident in highlighting the flaws of GM crops.
1. For example, the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology 2009 report, the largest scientific review of the future of farming, carried out by 400 international scientists under the auspices of the UN.
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