No GM in Europe

This report just in from our friends at Avaaz:
The European Commission has just approved growing genetically modified crops in the European Union for the first time in 12 years!

Caving to the GM lobby, the commission has ignored 60% of Europeans who feel we have to get the facts first before growing foods that could pose a threat to our health and environment.

A new initiative allows 1 million EU citizens to make official legal
requests of the European Commission. Let’s build a million voices for
a ban on GM foods until the research is done; they will be delivered
to the President Barroso of the European Commission. Sign the petition and forward this email to friends and family:

Consumers, public health, environmental and farmers groups have long
rallied against a few international GM companies having such significant influence over European agriculture. Concerns about growing GM crops include: contamination of organic crops and the
environment; their impact on climate due to the excessive need for
pesticides; the destruction of biodiversity and local agriculture; and
the effects of GM food on public health.

EU member states have voiced strong opposition to last week’s decision to authorise BASF’s potato and Monsanto’s maize, including Italy and Austria, which want to ban GM cultivation, and France, which said it would ask for further scientific research.

There is still no consensus on the long-term effects of GM crops. And it is the GM industry, pursuing profits not public well being, that is funding the science and driving the regulatory environment. That is why European citizens are calling for more independent research, testing and precaution before crops are unleashed onto our land.

Now, the “European Citizens’ Initiative” gives 1 million EU citizens the opportunity to submit policy proposals to the European Commission and offers us a unique chance to drown out lobbyists’ influence.

Let’s raise 1 million voices to put a moratorium on the introductionof GM crops into Europe and set up an independent, ethical and scientific body to research and determine the strong regulation of GM
crops. Sign the petition now and then forward it widely:

It’s worth remembering that the Scottish Govt recently re-issued at our request this statement:

“The Scottish Government is fundamentally opposed to the cultivation of GM crops in Scotland. While scientists continue to debate the long term effects that genetically modified organisms have on the environment, the Scottish Government does not believe that cultivating GM crops is in Scotland’s best interests. Scotland has a reputation for producing high quality products in a clean and green environment and we want to protect this reputation.”

  • fifediet March 18, 2010 at 09:06

    Thanks Philip, interesting case – your site loks good: ‘a nexus between physicians, scientists, academicians and laypeople’. Excellent. The health aspect of our project is understated but is based on two basic premises: first that eating fresh seasonal food is more nutritious than foods that have been grown or produced and packaged with the long haul in mind, second that eating virtually no processed food is better for you. Its not exactly earth-shattering I know but there you go. Thanks for you comment.

  • Philip March 17, 2010 at 08:22

    There is an interesting article at the Skeptic’s Health Journal Club about a former Pfizer microbiologist who claims she was infected during research by a genetically modified virus and is suing Pfizer. If you are interested there is more on it here,