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UK set to support flawed, dangerous GM ban proposal

Comment (28 May 2014)

Press contact Liz O’Neill tel: 845 217 8992 email:

Commenting on the confirmation that the Council will vote on so-called national GM opt-outs on 12 June GM Freeze Director Liz O’Neill said:

This proposal is all about getting more GM crops into the ground more quickly, and if it goes through on 12 June we could have Roundup Ready crops planted on UK farms as early as next year.

The idea of national opt-outs may sound appealing, but you have to look at the detail. In order to ban a GM crop on its own land each Government would need the permission of the company that owns the patent for that crop. GM Freeze believes that our food should be produced responsibly, fairly and sustainably. History shows that you don’t achieve that by handing over control to multinational corporations.

Further background is available here.