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Briefings

Detailed, referenced briefings and other detailed documents on a range of GM-related topics. Most have been created by GM Freeze but we also include some from our members or partners where they are the experts on this topic.


GM Freeze Briefing for Genetic Technology Bill Lords Second Reading

17 Nov 2022

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A detailed briefing on the Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding Bill), written to stimulate and support debate during the Second Reading of the bill in the House of Lords (scheduled to take place on 21 November 2022).

GM Freeze Briefing for Genetic Technology Bill Commons Report Stage

24 Oct 2022

Graphic illustrating threats to GM safeguards

A detailed briefing on the Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill, written to support debate and voting during the House of Commons Report Stage and Third Reading. Includes a list of amendments that GM Freeze supports and encourages MPs to vote in favour of.

Why Gene Editing is GM with Better PR

21 Jun 2022

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A simple briefing from GM Freeze, explaining in a way that we hope everyone will understand, why we say that gene editing is GM with better PR

Action Briefing on Agriculture Bill amendment to de-regulate genome editing

1 Jul 2020

 

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The Agriculture Bill will be going to Committee Stage in the House of Lords on 7 July 2020. An amendment has been tabled that would give the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs the power to change the definition of a GMO and re-classify many forms of genome editing as non-GM.

GM Freeze, Beyond GM and GMWatch have produced this joint briefing to explain our opposition to the amendment. In it we explain how the amendment would remove vital safeguards on the use of genome editing in our food and on our farms; why this matters; and why it is out of step with both public opinion and the needs of the food and farming industry.

 

Political Briefing on Agriculture Bill amendment to de-regulate genome editing

1 Jul 2020

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The Agriculture Bill will be going to Committee Stage in the House of Lords on 7 July 2020. An amendment has been tabled with the intention of removing organisms produced by genome editing from the scope of GMO oversight and regulation. GM Freeze, Beyond GM and GMWatch have produced this joint briefing to explain why we oppose this amendment on the grounds that it is undemocratic

 

GM Freeze General Election 2019 Manifesto

27 Nov 2019

We are asking prospective MPs to make a number of commitments to help create a responsible, fair and sustainable food system. In summary, we want:

  • Protection for people, animals and the environment, through robust GM regulations that allow the use of GMOs in food and farming to be properly scrutinised by politicians and the public.
  • A fair deal for farmers, beekeepers, growers and everyone in the food chain, with protection from contamination and clear financial liability for any harm done by growing or using GM crops.
  • Informed choice for everyone through clear labelling of food produced with GM ingredients or from GM-fed animals.

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Brexit and GM – UPDATED

12 Dec 2018

An updated GM Freeze briefing on what plans for the UK’s departure from the European Union mean for GM in food and farming.

 

Civil Society letter to European Commissioners re: gene drives and ECJ ruling on genome editing

23 Oct 2018

CGI snapshot of a DNA double helixGM Freeze joined organic agriculture organisation IFOAM EU and many others to urge European Commissioners Vella and Andriukaitis to:

  • Support an international moratorium on the release into the environment of organisms modified by gene drive technology.
  • Uphold the ruling of the European Court of Justice that the products of genome editing techniques are considered as “Living Modified Organisms” (as defined in the Cartagena Protocol of the Convention on Biological Diversity)
  • Align its position regarding Digital Sequnce Information with key international agreements

 

Brexit and GM

10 Nov 2017

A GM Freeze briefing on how the UK’s departure from the European Union could bring genetically modified crops to our fields and our food; why it matters and what can be done about it.