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GM: Halt the growing threat

Pat Thomas

31st October, 2008

Growing anxiety, growing concern, growing doubts, growing uncertainty. If you are one of a growing number of people who want to be heard on the subject of GM, and to find out how you can become involved in keeping the future GM-free, here are some places to start.

GET READING

  • The November edition of the Ecologist features a special GM foods report with contributions from some of the leading scientists, academics and campaigners in the GM arena. Based on the science, the report challenges the current assumption that GM crops have what it takes to feed, fuel and heal the world. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the issues surrounding genetic modification. Referenced versions of all the articles in the magazine will be made available here soon. Read Pat Thomas's editorial from the November 2008 issue of the Ecologist magazine.
  • If you think GM food, engineered to contain higher levels of nutrients is the answer to pressing problems of malnutrition, you may wish to read this article, written by Professor David Schubert, a professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla CA, and a molecular biologist with interests in the development of the nervous system and the treatment of Alzheimer's disease and other neurological disorders.

LOG ON

  • A massive PR push is once more underway - thanks to the food crisis, promoting GM foods as the way to feed the world. So a new campaigning website – www.banGMfood.org – has been launched to provide a tool kit for fighting back. The site includes easy-to-read downloadable leaflets with all the latest evidence and up-to-date arguments on the dangers of GMOs and why there are far better alternatives for feeding the world. The site also has details of exactly who to contact to make sure your views are heard, plus loads of links and other campaigning information.
  • The Ecologist has joined up with campaigning website greenvoice.com to offer a wider forum for the GM debate. Log on to vote in the poll, be heard and take action


WRITE TO YOUR SUPERMARKET

The GM-Free foods campaign is asking everyone to write to the major supermarkets to urge them to continue to keep own-brand products GM-Free (pressure from the Government and the biotech industry is making the supermarkets think seriously about banding together to introduce a united pro-GM front).

DOWNLOAD THE LEAFLET

You can download a short leaflet ’10 Reasons Why We Don’t Need GM Foods’ here. More detailed information can be accessed at www.banGMfood.org

APPEAL TO YOUR MP

Suggest that he or she writes to environment secretary Hilary Benn to request that government legislation and Defra’s regulations be more stringent surrounding GM produce. Follow the links on Friends of the Earth’s ‘Say no to GM contamination’ web page for a simple way to send a letter to your local MP.

WATCH THE FILM

The World According to Monsanto

On 11 March, a documentary made by French journalist and film-maker Marie-Monique Robin, The World According to Monsanto, was aired on French television channel ARTE. Unsurprisingly, it has never aired in the US, but you can view it on various sites on the internet. A good place to start is YouTube

ATTEND THE CONFERENCE

Feeding the World… Are GM crops fit for purpose? If not, what then?

12 November 2008, London

The gauntlet has been thrown down by government for GM critics either to ‘put up or shut up’ within the year. This conference will examine, searchingly and honestly, the claims and counter-claims of one of the most critical environmental issues of our time. It will tackle the GM lobby and discuss how best to feed a hungry world. www.feedingtheworldconference.org

SUPPORT THESE GROUPS


Friends of the Earth

GM Freeze

GM Watch

Soil Association

Gene Watch

Genetic Food Alert

Institute for Responsible Technology

This article first appeared in the Ecologist November 2008

 

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