GM Freeze is looking to the future – but we still need your help
May 2020: We asked for your help last month because funding problems mean we can’t keep operating GM Freeze as you know it. We needed an extra £25,000 to avoid closing over the summer and, thanks to the generosity of people like you, we are almost there. A large chunk of the new money has been offered on the condition that we raise enough from other sources to meet our £25,000 target so a small donation now has the power to give GM Freeze a future.
Donations from individual supporters have always been hugely important to GM Freeze but we also rely on grants from trusts and foundations and we have now lost almost all our core grant funding due to shifting funder interests and competing demands. We have secured grants from several new foundations in recent years, but the new grants are all for specific projects. We have tried holding things together with a patchwork of project funding and small donations, but it’s just not sustainable.
The response to our appeal has been fantastic but everything is, quite reasonably, given on a one-off basis. To face the long-term future with confidence we need a more sustainable funding plan and to achieve that, GM Freeze will need to change. We don’t know yet exactly what that change will mean but with your support we will have the time to consider radical options and pursue new funding opportunities while dealing with whatever the world throws at us.
In the meantime, we are making plans for the coming year. We will campaign more effectively for robust UK regulation of GMOs and start a new project aiming to change the way that GM is discussed and debated. We will continue fighting to safeguard our food and our farms as key Brexit-related parliamentary bills and trade deals take shape. We will work across the media to explain why GM is not responsible, fair or sustainable.