A new campaign, and website, has been launched to persuade supermarkets to reverse their decision to allow GM feed in their supply chains.
Let supermarkets know they are wrong on GM livestock products
GMEducation, 31 Jul 2013
A new campaign and website has been launched to persuade supermarkets to change policy.
GMOAction is highlighting the irresponsibility of supermarkets in changing their policies on GM and allowing GM contamination in their animal feed.
Earlier this year Tesco, Sainsbury’s, the Cooperative, and Marks and Spencer joined the ranks of Morrisons and Asda in allowing GM into animal feed, despite consumer opposition.
Waitrose, and of course any organic brand has remained firm on their GM-free commitment, with non-GM soya providers in Brazil assuring us that there is plenty of non-GM soya available, but the other supermarkets are not listening, saying that GM soya is the only option available to them.
Not just choice it’s also health
The supermarkets claim there are no health risks associated with feeding GMOs to animals.
But even the Food Standards Agency now acknowledges that the genetic material from GM animal feed does survive to pass through and from the gut. Something researchers said could not happen.
Far from being completely harmless, new research shows GM in animal feed causes health problems like hormone disruption and gut inflammation in the animals that have been fed concentrates that contain it.
There are also detrimental consequences of growing GM on ecosystems, biodiversity, and human health, due to the increased volume of pesticides that go hand-in-hand with GM agriculture, and the genetic pollution due to cross pollination of GM with non-GM species.
Supermarkets have refused to label GM-fed livestock products and so consumers are not given the option of avoiding these products.
This is dishonest and unacceptable.
GMOAction has been set up to help citizens voice opposition to this irresponsible and arrogant behaviour.
Go to the website and find out how to be most effective in getting the supermarkets to acknowledge we want choice and we want them to change their policy.