According to an upcoming UK Government food strategy document covering the next 20 years, the acceptance of GM crops is needed in order to create a “sustainable and secure food system for 2030”.
Ministers will say “the public must accept genetically-modified food” states the Telegraph.
It’s a frightening development, especially given this is the International Year of Biodiversity. Biodiversity is something that GM crops threaten.
Aside from the unknown long term effects, GM crops are already known to “infect” other crops, therefore making those crops the property of the company holding the patent on the GM plant – yes, species can be owned now.
So why are GM crops so popular with the UK government? I’m really not sure unless it’s just they believe the spin that biotech companies tell them.
A report from the Union of Concerned Scientists on the value of GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) crops last year found that these frankencrops have done little to increase overall crop yields.
If you’re in the UK and this proposed move towards GM crops concerns you – don’t wait for someone else to take action; start writing to your MP’s now and organize resistance, because once the door is opened to GM crops, there will be no turning back.
The issue isn’t so much about needing to grow more food; it’s about reducing food waste and better distribution – and lets face it; many of us eat far more than we need.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown publicly lamented the issue of food waste back in 2008 when a report revealed the UK wastes 4 million tonnes of food every year; and as far as I’m aware, it’s an issue that has yet to be properly addressed – it’s the “low hanging fruit” of food issues!
Related: Selective breeding vs. GMO