GM is set to return to the UK, despite no addressing of safety concerns since we last refused it.
For particular detail, see
But in general…
10 years ago direct action and society-wide campaigning in the UK prevented commercialisation of GM crops in Britain. The EU laid down a "moratorium", a sort of wait-and-see, and that wait-and-see time is now over.
In the past 10 years GM companies have worked hard on public opinion, worldwide, and many people believe that GM crops have greater yields and will help feed the world’s poor, but these are myths.
In reality GM is about concentrating control and profit into rich corporations. Resistance to GM is extremely vocal in the global south. For example Via Campesina represents 300 million peasant farmers, who are astonishingly unified in their rejection of seed-patenting, "Round-up" dependancy, or a reduction of the natural gene stock.
GM is a failing industry in the US, so its owners are desperate to sell it to Europe, before we also work out that it just doesn’t work. Last year the number of farmers growing GM in the US went down, not up for the first time, and the Cornish farmer Michael Hart has made a persuasive film about the faillings of the industry called "Farmer to Farmer".
There are two crop-trials planned for the UK this spring, one near Leeds and one near Norwich. More may come to light. Keep an eye on
As the Peanut might be closed lets meet at the Parkinson steps and go down to Cuts Cafe (somewhere in the City Centre) for a look around / food and a meeting to:
- sort out some radical routes stuff (the gathering is on the 11-12 of Feb in Brighton).
- giving a tour to other food co-ops with Lizzie
- sort out some allotment buisness and our Give It A Go session
- eat some bannan chips…
Packhorse from 5.30 for a catch up x