The European Commission has just approved growing genetically modified crops in the European Union for the first time in 12 years! Caving to the GM lobby, the commission has ignored over 60% of Europeans who feel we have to get the facts first before growing foods that could pose a threat to our health and environment.
Cartoon by Russ - I like this one.
A new initiative by Avaaz allows 1 million EU citizens to make official legal requests of the European Commission. Let's build a million voices for a ban on GM foods until the research is done; they will be delivered to the President Barroso of the European Commission. Sign the petition and forward this email to friends and family: www.avaaz.org/en/eu_health_and_biodiversity/?vl
See here Jonathan Porritt writing about Chris Smith, Chair of the Environment Agency extolling the virtues of GM:
"I’d be astonished if he is not worried about the biggest environmental concern of all: the fact that even the next generation of GM ‘solutions’ promise little if anything in terms of reducing the dependence of modern intensive agriculture on fossil fuels and hydro-carbon-based inputs. On broad sustainability and governance grounds, GM-scepticism still seems to me to be the most appropriate response to the latest surge of evangelism for all things GM..." The case against GM is still hugely strong and indeed if anything growing stronger:
- see fact file on GM and Labour's push for GM here.
- it will not feed the world - see here.
- doctors in the US came out against GM - see here.