Stop Genetic Modification
The GM industry has been promising for decades that genetically modified crops will revolutionise farming—even solve world hunger. But none of their promises have come to fruition.
They’ve promised higher yields and improved nutritional value, but have failed to produce even one commercially viable example for the UK market. Pest-resistance, blight-resistance, and tolerance of drought, flood, and salinity—all of these traits can be produced far more quickly and cost-effectively through non-GM breeding practices; GM products don’t come close.
Nearly all the commercially released GM crops are produced by three chemical companies—Monsanto, Syngenta, and Bayer. Despite the pro-GM lobby’s promises that these products would lead to decreased pesticide use, the truth has proven to be quite the opposite: The use of Monsanto’s glyphosate has skyrocketed since the introduction of glyphosate-resistant GM crops, becoming the most used weed-killer in the world. And these crops create herbicide-resistant ‘superweeds’, trapping farmers in an increasingly expensive arms race where the only winners are the chemical companies.
The cost to farmers goes beyond using increasing amounts of dangerous pesticides: The GM industry also prevents farmers from saving seeds, instead obligating them to purchase seeds from the company. And we’ve seen proof that GM crops cannot be contained once they’re released, which can be financially disastrous for non-GM farmers whose crops become contaminated.
Furthermore, nearly all the non-organic livestock raised in the UK are produced with GM feed—a worrying trend. These imported GM crops are also causing environmental damage where they are grown in North and South America due to the blanket spraying with the glyphosate based weedkiller, Round-up.
The GM industry is built on empty promises, but very real dangers.
The same promises are being recycled for newer GM techniques, but with around 70% of the patents and licenses of these already owned by six of the biggest biotech companies, and evidence building that these techniques are not precise, nothing changes.
Join us in saying ‘no’ to GM in the UK.
Help us convince the Government to choose more economically and environmentally viable solutions, instead of GM's false promises and industry interests.
GM is a huge distraction. It is diverting a massive amount of time, effort and attention from the really crucial issues facing food and farming - like looking after our soils. We have already degraded 25 to 40% of soils worldwide and unless we work very hard to reverse this damage, it will be impossible to feed the growing population healthily. GM is dangerous because it allows us to accelerate in the wrong direction for a short while longer.Helen Browning Soil Association Chief Executive