The use of genetic engineering into our food is a hot topic! For hiSbe, the issue is not the science itself, it’s about how it’s being used…
It’s crucial to explore innovative ways to feed people healthily and protect the planet at the same time. However, to date, the genetic modification of plants and animals for food has not been approached in this way, because GM technology is in the hands of big chemical companies developing it purely for profit.
They are making and patenting new types of products, like GM corn, GM potatoes and GM wheat and pushing them out into the food supply chain all over the world with little understanding of the impact on people’s health, the land and the environment.
He says, “The point of GM is not to increase food security but to make a few rich companies richer and give them even more control. Governments like this because visible money is called GDP, which can be called “economic growth”….”
Yet all over Europe the general public and many businesses, environmental groups and charity organisations are firmly against GM! The question is, what can we do about it? Well, we like the approach of GM Freeze.
GM Freeze is an alliance of organisations like The Soil Association, Ethical Consumer and War on Want, that we support because they champion doing the right thing over just doing the profitable thing.
GM Freeze is demanding a Big Freeze on GMO going any further into our food system until there is an unbiased review of the benefits and risks. They pressurise Government and supermarkets with campaigns like this one, which focuses on a GM wheat trial planned in Hertfordshire for Spring 2012.
The new genetically modified wheat will emit a chemical intended to keep aphids (greenflies, black-flies and whiteflies) off the crop. There is no market for this product. There is no demand for this product. It has not been tested for human consumption and has no benefit for consumers. It does a job that can already be done with natural methods using aphid predators, like ladybirds. And yet, there’s a high risk that the GM wheat will cross-pollinate with nearby wheat crops and grasses, contaminate them and spread unchecked.
It’s easy to add your voice to this campaign. We can all help build a food system that feeds people healthily and sustainably in ways that care for the land, instead of harming it. That’s why Protect Nature is one of hiSbe‘s 8 Everyday Choices.