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for a responsible, fair & sustainable food system

About GM Freeze

GM Freeze is the UK’s umbrella campaign on GM food, crops and patents.

Formed in 1999 as the Five Year Freeze, we became a not-for-profit registered company in 2005. Our members include large national charities, small specialist organisations, scientists, farmers, retailers and grassroots campaigners.

GM Freeze is run by a small staff team and a Management Committee  elected each year at the Annual General Meeting.


GM Freeze staff usually do a lot of home working and are now based at home full time. We love getting out to events and meeting members and supporters but we are able to continue with most of our normal activities from the safety of our homes and have shifted all meetings to online formats. We have a detailed risk assessment in place and are keeping this regularly updated.

What we do

GM Freeze is working to help create a world in which our food is produced responsibly, fairly and sustainably.

We consider and raise the profile of concerns about the impact of genetic modification. We inform, inspire, represent and support those who share our concerns. We campaign for a moratorium on GM food and farming in the UK. We oppose the patenting of genetic resources.

Download the GM Freeze strategic plan from 2019

Review of our year 2018/19

Review of our year 2019/20

Our finances and funding

Our people

photo of Liz O'NeillDirector: Liz O’Neill

Liz is an experienced environmental campaigner and communications specialist. She is the first contact for media enquiries. Liz usually works Monday to Thursday.


Coral Sirett picAdmin Assistant: Coral Sirett

Vicky Hart, our Admin Assistant is currently on maternity leave. Covering her work is Coral, who has had many years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector. She is the first point of contact for enquiries, membership issues and leaflet orders. Coral usually works Wednesday to Friday

Current Management Committee members are Honor Eldridge (independent – Chair), Bruce Pearce (independent – Treasurer), Charlotte Bickler (Organic Research Centre), Kierra Box (Friends of the Earth), Louise Payton (Soil Association), and Ricarda Steinbrecher (EcoNexus). Men are currently under-represented on the committee and we are also keen to have more hands-on experience of farming and food production. If you might consider putting yourself forward for co-option, please contact liz[at]

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Our policies

The policies linked below help ensure that everything we do supports our core values.

GMF Safeguarding Policy

GMF Information Assurance Policy

GMF Sustainability Policy 

GMF Conflicts of Interest Policy

Contact us

We don’t have an office – our staff work from home or shared office space – but you can write to us at the address at the bottom of the page.

You can call us on 0845 217 8992 (see below) or email info[at]

Anyone with a safeguarding concern or who wishes to raise a complaint regarding their treatment by GM Freeze staff, workers, Management Committee members or volunteers should in the first instance email the Director, Liz O’Neill on liz[at]

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