Kent Green Party is disturbed to find that major supermarkets are allowing more GM materials into the food chain. Dr Hazel Dawe, Campaigns Officer for Kent Green Party, reports:
"After the horse meat scandal, we might think supermarkets would want to
rebuild trust with their customers. However, despite public opposition,
they are allowing more GM materials into our food. On 12th April,
Sainsbury's, Marks and Spencer and the Co-operative ended their previous
bans on using suppliers that give Genetically Modified feed to the
livestock from which they sell eggs, cheese, yoghurt, milk and meat. Tesco
have done the same with chicken feed. Morrisons and ASDA apparently have
no GMO-free animal feed policies. Other supermarkets remain silent on
their policies. Waitrose claim to be anti GM and not to use GM feed, but
they sell patented salad/veg crops from a subsidiary of Monsanto.
"In short, whatever our preferences,
people are now feeding themselves and their families genetically modified
"The only people actually avoiding GMs completely are organic-only
consumers, vegans, and those who are self-sufficient, or can completely
avoid supermarkets. If we want Kent's agricultural land to remain free of
GM crops, we need to ensure major retailers eliminate the use of GM animal
feed and other GM crops.
"All key claims made about GM crops have been found to be inaccurate(1).
Kent Green Party urges consumers to write to supermarkets demanding that
GM ingredients are not used in animal feed in any of their products(2)."
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FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Hazel Dawe, Campaigns Officer, KENT GREEN PARTY,
on 079444 71083 or 01732 355185. Contact address as above. Promoted by
H.Dawe for Kent Green Party, both at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9
1XF. KENT GREEN NEWS, free ezine, is available by subscription at
www.kentgreenparty.org Dr Dawe holds a Kent Wildlife Trust Gold Award for
having a garden appropriate for encouraging wildlife and beneficial
insects, like bees.
1. Global Citizens Report on GMOs: The GMO emperor has no clothes:
2. Further action: Dismiss PR excuses about lack of GM free feed
We now have a petition too:
TO: UK SUPERMARKETS & FOOD RETAILERS: GM FREE FOOD FOR HUMANS & ANIMALS.
Here are all the contact details for email/facebook:
Group Corporate Responsibility Team: email@example.com
Customer Service (0) 800 505555
Phone: 0800 0686 727
Sainsbury's Careline: 0800 636 262
Marks & Spencer:
Head Office: 0207 935 4422
For questions regarding products, stores, service or quality:
0845 302 1234
0800 952 0101
General or Corporate enquiries - 0845 611 5000
Customer service enquiries - 0845 611 6111
0800 0180 266 (Northern Ireland)
0844 406 8800
"In 2009, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) stated
that, "Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated
with genetically modified (GM) food," including infertility, immune
problems, accelerated ageing, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in
major organs and the gastrointestinal system. The AAEM has asked
physicians to advise all patients to avoid GM foods"