Genetically modified foods

(5 Posts)
missmelis45 Mon 27-Sep-10 22:48:17

Hi everyone,

I would like to bring to your attention that the European Commissioning has now allowed genetically modified foods in the EU. In countries such as Australia and US, companies have been using GM foods in many products for some time, even baby formula, without needing to state so on their packaging.

GM foods haven't been deemed as safe, and the further we move away from nature, in general the more dangerous this is for our health.

I've signed a petition for independent research and a moratorium on GM crop development. With 1 million citizens' signatures, we can make an official legal request to the European Commission. Sign below and let's get to 1 million:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/eu_gmo/98.php?CLICK_TF _TRACK

Consumers, public health, environmental and farmers groups have long rallied against a few international GM companies having such significant influence over European agriculture. Concerns about growing GM crops include: contamination of organic crops and the environment; their impact on climate due to the excessive need for pesticides; the destruction of biodiversity and local agriculture; and the effects of GM food on public health.

EU member states have voiced strong opposition to the EC decision to authorise BASF's potato and Monsanto's maize - Italy and Austria are opposed, and France said it would ask for further scientific research.

There is still no consensus on the long-term effects of GM crops. And it is the GM industry, pursuing profits not public well being, that is funding the science and driving the regulatory environment. That is why European citizens are calling for more independent research, testing and precaution before crops are unleashed onto our land.

Now, the "European Citizens' Initiative" gives 1 million EU citizens the opportunity to submit policy proposals to the European Commission and offers us a unique chance to drown out lobbyists' influence.

We can reach 1 million voices now to put a moratorium on the introduction of GM crops into Europe and set up an independent, ethical and scientific body to research and determine the strong regulation of GM crops. Sign the petition now and then forward it widely - thank you.

More information:

Last Eurobameter Survey 2008 'Attitudes of European citizens towards the environment', page 66:
http://bit.ly/aMkeVJ

The Independent, Fury as Brussels authorises GM potatoes:
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-liv ing/fury-as-eu-approves-gm-potato-1915833.html

Reuters, France blasts GM crop approvals by EU agency:
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE6241ZQ2010030 5

New Report: GMOs Causing Massive Pesticide Pollution:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-kimbrell/new- report-gmos-causing-m_b_362888.html

Summary of the International Assessment on Agricultural Science and Technology for Development, including critics of GMOs use in agriculture:
http://globalpolicy.org/social-and-economic-policy /international-trade-and-development-1-57/genetica lly-modified-organisms.html#key

Exellent.

Can't believe the European Commissioning have taken so long.

bacon Wed 29-Sep-10 13:00:24

There are GM products in animal feeds! Soya! So its already in the chain.

GM is the only way forward. Global changes. Wheat is a necessity and with crops failing there are no alternatives.

There is a lot of ignornace and panic.

I've seen both sides and there is no alternative.

MoonFaceMama Wed 29-Sep-10 22:25:54

The fact that it's "already in the chain" shouldn't make it a done deal.

The amount of waste in uk agriculture is a disgrace and no excuse for allowing an untested technology loose.

If gm were being persued by organisations with alteristic motives then maybe, with time, it could be the boon some claim. But it's not is it?

andrushkya Sat 17-Nov-12 13:28:51

Hey! I would to know whether you considered all aspects of GMOs. At first, I was scared that what I might eat, might affect me on the long run, but after doing some research I discovered that there are not any known consequences. I found this blog: foodfrap.wordpress.com, which is quite useful, to say the least. Maybe it will clarify some issues for you. Good day.

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