GMOs Quietly Pushed For Commercial Growing in The UK

June 13, 2013 | By | 5 Replies More

GMO_TomatoAaron Jackson, Guest
Waking Times

Currently there is no commercial growing of Genetically Modified (GM) crops in the United Kingdom, only an experimental trial of GM Wheat which started in 2012, but now the Prime Minister’s personal scientific adviser; Sir Mark Walport and others are pushing an agenda to allow GM crops from Biotech firms such as Monsanto to be grown for commercial use.

Sir Mark said it was his ‘job to advise on the science and it is then the politician’s job to decide how to use that … The final decision is a political decision’.

His comments – in his first public speech in the job – are the latest indication that the GM lobby is rapidly gaining influence after years of public hostility.
Let farms grow GM food, says PM’s personal scientific adviser: Top adviser backs calls to relax rules on crops

“My job is to provide the best, most accurate scientific advice,” he said. “The job of the civil service is classically sometimes portrayed as telling truth to power, and there’s no doubt that is my job.”
Case for GM crops is becoming ‘stronger’, says chief scientist

Over the past 8 weeks 6 supermarkets; Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s, Marks & Spencer and Co-operative ended bans on farm suppliers giving GM Soya and Maize to animals producing meat, milk and eggs, this includes free range animals.  Waitrose still requires non-GM feed for poultry, eggs and lamb.

The supermarket giants said suppliers had told them that non-GM feed for poultry is now too difficult and too expensive to obtain. There are also concerns that there is a risk non-GM and GM animal feed could become mixed up, making it more difficult to police the UK food chain.
M&S, Co-op and Sainsbury’s say chickens will be fed on GM soya

This is primarily because Monsanto soya grown in the US and Brazil (where a lot of the feed is imported from) is over 80% genetically modified.

new study in France has found genetically modified maize to have devastating effects on the health of lab rats — which could indicate risks for other biological creatures, including humans. For two years, these rats were fed a diet of 33% genetically modified corn developed by Monsanto. The results are horrific. The rats “developed tumours the size of ping-pong balls, liver damage and digestive problems” according to the study.
French GMO Research Finds Monsanto Corn Causes Cancer: America Should Pay Attention

Of course the European Union has ignored a GMO ban saying that more research needs to be done to prove it is dangerous, rather than to prove it is safe, as it should be.

A survey by the Food Standard Agency last year found two in three people believe foods from animals given a GM diet should be described/labelled as such, however there are no plans to do so.

A British Science Association study showed public support for GM foods declining from 46% in 2002 to 27% now, even with all of the disinformation of the media, food companies, etc…

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson last year came out as keen supporter of GM crops, dismissing consumer fears as ‘humbug’.

Certain myths are used to push the GMO agenda such as increased yield, while 15 million tonnes of food are thrown away every year in the UK.

total-food-waste-pie-chart

For estimates with prices of how much is wasted (in trillions) click here.

All of this ignoring the decline of Bees from pesticides and GMOs that we all need to pollinate our food.

The proof is obvious that one of the major reasons of the bees’ decline is by the ingestion of GMO proteins. This is problematic, as there is such an increase of indigestible foods in humans and bees. The situation of colon cancer in humans is somewhat similar in occurrence. This is only a theory but leaves one to wonder what are we eating en mass. The external or complementary good of the bee is obviously a rise for a global concern. The long-term economical and environmental impact has yet to be completely understood.
Death of the Bees. Genetically Modified Crops and the Decline of Bee Colonies in North America

Last week the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the body of scientists that provides scientific risk assessment to the European Union regarding food and feed safety, issued a report that acknowledges a number of serious risks associated with the use of systemic pesticides–clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam–on bee health.

These pesticides of the neonicotinoid family paralyze insects by blocking a specific pathway that transmits nerve impulses in the insects nervous system.

Evidence demonstrating a strong association between these pesticides and a significant decline in bee health and bee colony collapse has been growing. Beekeepers in the United States, facing on average 40% over-wintering losses, greater if summer losses are factored in, have been urging the Environmental Protection Agency to suspend the registration of clothianidin to no avail. This past summer, the French health and safety agency, ANSES, announced a ban on the use of Syngenta’s pesticide, Cruiser OSR, which contains thiamethoxam used to coat rapeseed plants, citing bee collapses concerns.
European Food Safety Authority: Neonics Pose Acute Risk To Honeybees

However there has been some good news on this topic recently;

Today (8 May 2013) major European retailers from five countries, including Germany’s REWE Group, EDEKA and LIDL have released the Brussels Soy Declaration in which they have pledged support for the non-GMO soy production system of Brazil.

Large retailers in Germany, France, Austria, Luxembourg, and other mainland European countries, quite opposite to the UK, are increasing their use of non-GMO soy in livestock production because they believe that consumers like choice as to whether they purchase genetically modified products.
EU retailers pledge support for Brazilian non-GMO soy

About the Author

Aaron Jackson is a writer for the excellent site, Exposing The Truth. Please visit them on Facebook, here.


Sources:

Consumers should have the right to know if they are eating GM food – The Guardian

Let farms grow GM food, says PM’s personal scientific adviser: Top adviser backs calls to relax rules on crops – Daily Mail

Case for GM crops is becoming ‘stronger’, says chief scientist – The Telegraph

The inconvenient truth about GM – The Telegraph

EU retailers pledge support for Brazilian non-GMO soy – AllAboutFeed

10 reasons why we don’t need GM foods – GM Watch

Making the food and farming industry more competitive while protecting the environment – GOV.UK

GM crops and foods in Britain and Europe – GeneWatch

GM wheat? NO THANKS! – GM Freeze

Scottish Government Policy on Genetically Modified (GM) Crops – The Scottish Government

More hidden GMOs in British food – Alliance for Natural Health Europe

Regulation of genetically modified organisms in the European Union – Wikipedia

A View Of GMOs From The UK – AgBioForum

Campaign to Ban Genetically Modified Food - Natural Law Party of The United Kingdom

UK supermarkets: “Let them eat GM!” - Alliance for Natural Health Europe

M&S, Co-op and Sainsbury’s say chickens will be fed on GM soya – The Guardian

French GMO Research Finds Monsanto Corn Causes Cancer: America Should Pay Attention – policymic

Study linking GM maize to cancer must be taken seriously by regulators – The Guardian

Cancer row over GM foods as study says it did THIS to rats… and can cause organ damage and early death in humans – Daily Mail

Monsanto Corn Study In France Finds Tumors And Organ Damage In Rats – Huffington Post

Death of the Bees. Genetically Modified Crops and the Decline of Bee Colonies in North America – Global Research

Dead Bee’s – Monsanto Genetically Engineered Seeds Killing Off Honeybees – Underground Health

Europe Takes Action To Protect Bees But Where Is the EPA? – GMO Journal

European Food Safety Authority: Neonics Pose Acute Risk To Honeybees – GMO Journal

Monsanto buys leading bee research firm after being implicated in bee colony collapse – Natural News

Environment minister says UK families are losing £50 a month on wasted food – The Independent

Food waste facts – Feeding The 5000

The cost of food waste in the UK every year – Love Food Hate Waste

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  1. annie says:

    Where do they dig these advisers up from? All the independently conducted research shows that gmo’s are poisonous and that they do real harm. I cannot believe that these people are unaware of this research and must conclude that there is another unspoken agenda with gmo.

  2. abinico warez says:

    I know this is true in the US, probably true worldwide, but all cafeterias used by govt officials serve only organic/non-GMO food. I guess GMO is for the ‘rest of us’.

  3. John says:

    When I eat GM food am I eating human genes and will I over the years of eating GM foods gradually turn into a flesh eating zombie. And are companies like Monsanto turning people into zombies like the zombie incident in America not long back.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Time to —- the Bastards

  5. Ed Butt says:

    “My job is to provide the best, most accurate scientific advice,” he said

    Then why does he not do just that, rather than saying what Monsanto have paid him to say.
    Science was ever fascism’s whore

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