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Consultation responses

Detailed, referenced, written responses to a wide range of formal consultations concerning issues relating to GM in food and farming. This includes objections to UK GM field trials, submissions to parliamentary inquiries and more. Multi-agency responses are submitted on behalf of GM Freeze and other organisations.

FSA / FSS: Nine GMO food and feed approval applications

24 Jan 2022

GM Freeze responds to the Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland’s plan to recommend that Ministers approve nine different GMOs for use in the UK food chain.

Defra: Labelling for animal welfare

6 Dec 2021

A juvenile pig looking up at the camera

GM Freeze responds to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs call for evidence on labelling for animal welfare. Our evidence focuses on the need to consider genetic modification of animals as a welfare concern.

BEIS: Reforming the framework for better regulation

1 Oct 2021

Graphic illustrating threats to GM safeguards

GM Freeze response to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy’s consultation: Reforming the framework for better regulation.

Defra: multi agency response to GM wheat trial 21/R08/01

29 Jun 2021

Burnt toast popping out of a toaster

GM Freeze and twenty seven other organisations came together to ask Defra not to allow Rothamsted Research to plant an open field trial of genetically modified wheat.

APPG Agroecology inquiry on Agroecology as a Nature Based Solution

7 May 2021

GM Freeze responded briefly to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology’s inquiry into whether or not agroecology should be considered a ‘Nature Based Solution’ for the purposes of policy and funding initiatives.

Defra: Regulation of Genetic Technologies

17 Mar 2021

GM Freeze’s own response to the Defra Consultation on the Regulation of Genetic Technologies. Includes our concerns about the conduct of the consultation and the framing of key questions, as well as our answers to the consultation questions themselves.

Gene Editing Consultation

24 Jan 2021

No safety checks? No monitoring? No choice! Say No to GMO deregulation

GM Freeze advice on responding to the UK consultation on the deregulation of gene editing which closed on 17 March 2021. Our full advice is shown here in the form of a printable pdf file.

National Food Strategy

24 Oct 2019

trio image

GM Freeze submission to the open Call for Evidence for the proposed new National Food Strategy, in which we propose:

  • High standards achieved through robust regulation of the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
  • Informed choice through clear consumer labelling and meaningful public engagement that values lay contributions and incorporates social, ethical and economic impacts alongside scientific analysis.
  • Value and protect genetic diversity by discouraging monoculture and opposing the patenting of genetic resources.
  • Address root problems within the food and farming system, rather than treating the symptoms.

Nuffield Council on Bioethics – Genome Editing and Farmed Animals

19 Sep 2019

illustration suggesting amendments to DNA

GM Freeze responded to the Nuffield Council on Bioethics call for evidence on Genome Editing and Farmed Animals. Key points in our evidence include:

  • There is growing evidence that genome editing is not as precise or targeted as those promoting it would have us believe.
  • Many proposed applications of genome editing to farmed animals are likely to perpetuate and deepen the negative impacts of intensive farming.
  • Public involvement in the development of policy and regulation of genome editing in farmed animals must be meaningful and broad ranging.
  • We are concerned about the framing of the background and questions in the call for evidence to the inquiry.

Defra: Multi-agency response to GM potato trial 19/R29/01

16 Apr 2019

Potatoes harvested in a field

GM Freeze and thirty other organisations asked Defra to refuse The Sainsbury Laboratory permission to plant an open field trial of GM potatoes.