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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.


GM Freeze evidence to Genetic Technology Bill Committee

6 Jul 2022

Image demonstrating the risks of manipulating DNA

Written evidence submitted to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee considering Westminster’s Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill.  Key points covered are:

  • Precision breeding is genetic modification
  • Nature protects key parts of the genome
  • All genetic material matters
  • Businesses and the public have already rejected the measures included in the bill
  • Key areas of concern in the bill

The report submitted as Appendix 2 of our evidence is available on the Testbiotech website 

Defra: Multi-agency response to GM potato trial 22/R29/01

29 Apr 2022

GM Freeze and twenty seven other organisations asked Defra to refuse permission for the Sainsbury Laboratory to plant genetically modified potatoes in yet more open field trials.

Defra: Multi-agency response to GM barley trial 21/R54/01

17 Feb 2022

GM Freeze and nineteen other organisations asked Defra to refuse consent for the Cambridge University Crop Science Centre to release genetically modified barley in an open field trial.

Defra: Multi-agency response to GM wheat trial 21/R52/01

27 Jan 2022

ripe wheat field

GM Freeze and twenty six other organisations asked Defra not to allow the John Innes Centre to plant another open field trial of genetically modified wheat.

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.