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The UK’s departure from the European Union could bring GM crops to our fields and our shopping baskets. Find out why and what you can do to safeguard our food and our farms.

UK and EU flags merged togetherThe UK currently abides by European Union (EU) law on almost all aspects of food and farming. That includes crucial safeguards on the growing of GM crops and the use of GM in our food.

GM Freeze is campaigning to protect UK farmers right to farm responsibly, fairly and sustainably and consumers’ right to make informed choices.

This means ensuring that the UK has:

  • Rigorous GM regulation that protects people, animals and the environment.

  • GM labelling that allows people to take control of what they are eating.

  • Protection from GM contamination.


Safeguard our farmsSafeguard our Farms is our campaign to secure robust GM regulation and proper protection from GM contamination, as the UK leaves the European Union,

 

 


Don’t Hide What’s Inside is our campaign to ensure that the UK retains the requirement for GM ingredients to be clearly identified on food labels after Brexit.

 

 


Take Action

If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, please contact your MP, MSPs, AM or MLAs to highlight the risk that Brexit could bring GM to their fields, whether they want it or not.

 


Key Brexit issues that affect GM in food and farming

Our updated briefing, Brexit and GM explains why Brexit could change everything on GM in our food and on our farms. Share with your MP on twitter.

Withdrawal and retained EU Law

A no-deal Brexit could lead to an immediate and significant reduction in GM safeguards. Statutory Instruments will transfer EU regulations into UK law but they do not properly protect the devolution arrangements which have allowed Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to reject GM crops. They also require UK agencies to carry out risk assessments and other technical work that is way beyond their current level of responsibility.

A withdrawal deal will probably commit the UK to following EU rules on GM in food and farming until the end of a transition period, currently December 2020. After that, the situation will depend on what trade deals the UK does with the EU, the US and others.

Read our response to the Food Standards Agency’s consultation on their proposed approach to retained EU law for food and feed safety and hygiene.

Trade Deals

Outside of the EU, the UK will negotiate trade deals with other countries, including those that have much lower standards of regulation on GM food and crops. GM regulations have already been identified as a non-tariff barrier to trade so we know that they are vulnerable. GM Freeze has joined the Stop ISDS campaign to oppose the inclusion of investor-state dispute settlement in any future trade deals.

Read an analysis of Donald Trump’s Executive Order that aims to force the UK (and EU) to open the door to GM crops from the US.

Read our evidence to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee inquiry into Brext and trade in food.

Read our evidence to four different Department of International Trade consultations on post-Brexit trade negotiations with Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the Trans Pacific Partnership.


Stay in touch, stay connected

GM Freeze is part of the Sustain Alliance for Better Food and Farming and the Brexit Civil Society Alliance, which are both working to achieve the best possible policy outcomes as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

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This page was last updated on 29 October 2019