Right now there’s rumpus going on in the food industry around this question: should Britain allow genetically modified crops and vegetables into all mass market animal feed and everyday food products (like the USA has done since the 1990s) or not?
It’s a crucial debate on what goes on your plate! It affects us all, so it’s time to get clued up on GM, which is why we’ve pulled together this bite-sized look at what’s going on.
On one side, the food corporations who fund the technology and own the patents argue it will help solve world hunger and create a biogenetic industry worth billions of pounds. On the other side, environmental groups and public interest groups are alarmed by the impact of this new technology on people, animals and the planet.
For hiSbe the problem is about how this generation of GM technology is being used. If we’re going to use science to change how food grows it should be done in a way which protects people’s health and respects human rights and the interests of animals. However, this isn’t happening, because the big food companies championing GM put profit before people. There’s a lot of evidence to show it’s harming not helping.
We also get involved in campaigns to tell the Government and the big supermarkets that we don’t want GM in our food, because there are plenty of simple things we can all do to help. Check out GM Freeze and their list of actions.
We’ve all got a part to play in what goes into our food because, as these guys say, “things change because people make them change.”