Two Thirds of People Reject GM

In the biggest rejection of GM for years a decisive new poll shows just how huge amounts of propaganda has utterly failed to persuade the general public that this technology has anything to offer. This now discredited old technology has failed to win the public. It’s time now for a GM Free Scotland to become a reality.

Two thirds of people in the UK want GM crops to be kept out of the
food chain a new GFK NOP survey for Friends of the Earth and GM
Freeze reveals today (Saturday, 12 June 2010). The survey also revealed that:

*Less than 40% were aware that GM is currently creeping onto their plates via imported GM animal feed being fed to animals in British factory farms

*while there is currently no requirement for retailers to identify animal products containing GM to consumers, 89 per cent of those surveyed wanted these products to be clearly labelled

* 72 per cent would pay extra for non-GM food.

The survey follows news that US-owned food retailer Asda has abandoned its commitment to GM-free eggs and poultry. The campaigning groups are calling on Asda and other supermarkets to respond to public opinion by pledging to keep GM out of the nation’s meat and dairy. Friends of the Earth’s food campaigner Kirtana Chandrasekaran said: “Despite a huge PR push by the former Government, consumers are more sceptical than ever about genetic modification, and want to be able to choose food that’s guaranteed to be GM free.”

“By abandoning its commitment to GM-free animal feed for chickens and sneaking GM onto its customers’ plates, Asda is going against shoppers’ wishes and funding animal feed plantations that are wiping out South American rainforests. People should tell supermarkets and their MPs to protect our food and farming from GM, and to support planet -friendly farming instead.” Pete Riley GM Freeze said: “These results send a very clear message to government and retailers that any weakening of policies on the import and use of GM feed will not be welcomed by the public. They are demanding that there should be a clear non-GM choice and are willing to pay more for it. Despite the rhetoric from industry and government about the possible benefits of GM crops the British public appears to remain very sceptical.”

“Proposals from the Food Standards Agency to spend hundreds of thousands pounds of taxpayers’ money on a GM public dialogue in a crude attempt to shift public opinion on GM should now be scrapped”.