The GM battle is far from over - support our appeal
All the major supermarkets now sell meat, eggs, dairy and farmed fish from animals fed on GM feed (with the exception of Waitrose, leading the way by keeping GM feed out of its poultry). Yet none of the food products from these animals are labelled to show the animals have been fed on GM feed, keeping consumers in the dark. Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for the Environment, seems determined to railroad GM into our countryside and into our food, without protecting the integrity of organic food or the right of any farmer to grow GM free food.
Most disturbingly, the influence of international corporations on politicians and others - for example the World Food Prize being awarded to a Monsanto executive this year - seems to be shaping opinion that organic ways of farming are irrelevant to the need to feed a growing population, when major studies1 show that the opposite is true.
The Soil Association needs to fight for the right of farmers and consumers to choose, ensuring our voice is heard and to show that organic methods can yield bigger dividends for people and the environment than GM ever could. A donation from you can help us do this.
We need your help to:
- Campaign to get retailers to label meat, eggs and dairy fed on GM feed, so that you have a choice. To fight for your right to choose a diet free-from GM.
- Ensure our voice is heard in the media and by politicians - both when we believe something is wrong, but also to share better solutions to feeding the world.
- Research and publish the latest evidence on how organic farming methods, not GM, are the fair and responsible way forward.
- Support the farmers and growers who are saving our heritage seeds, so that they are available for future non-GM breeding programmes.
- Encourage the many scientists who are making great advances in plant breeding, producing crops that are already helping farmers in continents like Africa, without the use of GM.
- Continue to publicise the ever-increasing evidence of the side effects of GM such as superweeds, wildlife impacts, increased pesticide use, reduced crop diversity and debt for small farmers, as they emerge in the US and elsewhere.
Find out more about the facts when it comes to GM
The pro-GM lobby regularly portray critics of GM crops as 'anti-science'. Soil Association Policy Director, Peter Melchett, explains how the pro-GM lobby is guilty of being anti-science itself, in his article 'The pro-GM lobby's seven sins against science'. See the seven sins here, read the article, equip yourself with the facts, and feel confident in highlighting the flaws of GM crops.
See the Seven Sins here in picture form
Read Peter Melchett's article in full, 'The pro-GM lobby's seven sins against science'
Find out more about our policy on GM
Find out how GM rice is outperformed by less publicised but more effective solutions when it comes to tackling vitamin A deficiency
1. For example, the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology 2009 report, the largest scientific review of the future of farming, carried out by 400 international scientists under the auspices of the UN.