Copy of an open letter to David Cameron from Jane O`Meara of the GM-Free Dorset Campaign
Dear Prime Minister Cameron,
I am writing on behalf of GM-Free Dorset Campaign supporters to urge the UK not to accept the current proposal for national opt-outs on GM cultivation because it is legally flawed.
The UK should not support the current proposal for so-called re-nationalisation of decision making on GM cultivation unless it is radically amended to provide meaningful legal assurances for countries wishing to ban GM cultivation in their territories, including under international trade agreements.
I would also like to highlight that in 2003 Dorset County Council adopted a strong precautionary position regarding GM food and crops, and informed the Government of “it’s concerns about the potential implications for GM technology and asks that commercial implementation should not be approved until such a time as scientific evidence has shown that there are no harmful effects on human or animal health or the environment” . There is no such evidence to date. Councils within the County have since gone one step further and adopted Article 19 of Directive 2001/18/EU http://www.foe.co.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/gmfree_local_areas.pdf … as have our neighbouring County Councils Devon and Somerset.
GM-Free Dorset supporters reject the basis for the current proposal that attempts to place GM company applicants on a political footing with sovereign, democratically elected Governments with responsibility and legitimacy to legislate and regulate in the public interest. No proposal can possibly be acceptable if it forces Governments to ask the permission of GM companies to restrict GM cultivation, not least because this is a basic conflict of interest for the companies involved.
I therefore urge you in the strongest possible terms to ensure that the entirely reasonable requests made by the Council in 2008 are acted upon as swiftly as possible.
Spokesperson for the GM-Free Dorset Campaign.
GM Free Dorset
Trial suggesting a GM maize strain causes cancer has attracted a torrent of abuse, but it cannot be swept under the carpet
Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini, professor of molecular biology at Caen university in France, knows how to inflame the GM industry and its friends. For seven years he and his team have questioned the safety standards applied to varieties of GM maize and tried to re-analyse industry-funded studies presented to governments. (read more…)
Attached is the article I’ve written for the Western Gazette about the GM wheat application which I hope will be on the farming page on Thurs as Friday is the deadline for objections. GM Freeze have a nice easy prewritten letter somewhere on the website (www.gmfreeze.org) so that people can object a the click of a button … and I would urge people to do so.
Western Gazette Article
Posted in Campaign, Food, GM
To Defra and Whom it may concern
At a time when this country of ours is suffering from the effects of riots, social decay and potential double dip recession it is incredible that Defra who is owned by the people for the people has agreed to a trial of GM Wheat in Hertfordshire.
This is a scandalous waste of money and above all else puts at risk the lives of animals, insects and the local environment without one shread of evidence that it is going to have any positive effects on our lives or that we need it.
Please re-consider your position, before many more good citizens take to the campaign trail. When this happens and good people stand up to be counted the recent riots will look like but a minor scrap !!
Posted in Campaign, Food, GM
The use of the popular weedkiller, Roundup, in public parks and on agricultural crops is a danger to public health, according to a new analysis of scientific evidence.
A report in The Ecologist states that one of the main ingredients of Roundup, as well as several other herbicides, is a chemical known as glyphosate. According to the report, a review of academic research, conducted by Greenpeace and the anti-GM campaign group GM Freeze, suggests exposure to it can cause cancer, hormonal imbalance, birth defects and neurological illnesses including Parkinson’s. It says the glyphosate within weedkiller can also be damaging to wildlife and rivers, when it spreads through the soil and into watercourses with run-off. A new Greenpeace campaign, backed by the report, is targeting Monsanto in particular because of the spread of its GM crops, genetically engineered to be tolerant to glyphospate. This allows farmers to spray the chemical over the top of the crop, killing almost all weeds without affecting the crop, the report notes.
Full report in The Ecologist
New report from GM Freeze and Greenpeace International links herbicides to cancer, birth defects and water pollution
Press release from GM Freeze