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Action: Ask your MP to vote for proper protections CLOSED

The Genetic Technology Bill threatens our food, our farms and the natural environment. MPs have a chance to change the bill in the House of Commons ‘report stage’ which is scheduled for Monday 31 October.

THIS ACTION IS NOW CLOSED as the Genetic Technology Bill passed its House of Commons stages on Monday 31 October. We are leaving the action page online for now so you can see what we were asking MPs to vote for.

Graphic illustrating threats to GM safeguards

Please write to your MP TODAY and ask them to vote AGAINST the Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill.

The following amendments, that may get debated on 31 October, would help reduce some of the harm done by the bill. Please ask your MP to support them before voting against the bill as a whole (regardless of whether or not any amendments get passed):

  • New Clauses 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, plus New Schedule 1 (to create a new Genetic Technololgy Authority)
  • New Clause 7 and Amendment 8 (to protect our right to choose through labelling and traceability)
  • New Clause 8 (to label food and feed from GM animals)
  • New Clause 9 and amendment 13 to reduce the bill’s impact on Scotland and Wales
  • Amendments 1 and 2 (to stop the deregulation of GM animals)
  • Amendments 3, 4, 5, 11 and 12 (to tighten the rules)
  • Amendments 6, 7, 9 and 10 (to give Ministers responsibilties rather than just powers)

Not all amendments will get debated and new amendments can still be tabled so we will update this action page as things change. If your MP would like to know more, or receive a detailed briefing from us, please encourage them to contact GM Freeze.

 Our tips

  • Email your MP directly if you already know their email address.
  • Alternatively, you can find out who represents you in Westminster and send them a message with the help of our friends at Write to Them.
  • Be polite and keep it brief. It is helpful to use your own words but it is better to register your concern and have your MP ask for more than to bombard them with information.
  • Download a copy of our detailed briefing and attach it to your email if you would like to give your MP more information.
  • Please send a copy of your email – any any reply you receive – to us on info[at]gmfreeze.org