Compulsory labels are a must for GM feed products
Sir: It’s a great concern that Owen Paterson dismisses the potential health risks of GM crops on the basis that consumers have already been exposed to GM through animal feeds (‘Defra minister shows support for GM’, thegrocer.co.uk, 10 December).
This doesn’t mean there are no risks, only that the government’s opposition to clear labelling of GM foods has deflected more widespread consumer criticism and understanding. A recent British Science Association survey showed that the number of people saying GM food “should be encouraged” dropped from 46% in 2002 to 27% in 2012.
The “real environmental benefits” of GM the minister refers to are mystifying. The government’s own experiment showed that overall GM crops were worse for British wildlife. And US government figures show that pesticide use has increased since GM crops have been grown there.
Consumers have the right to know how their food has been produced, and we call on the minister to immediately introduce compulsory labelling. The resistance raises the question: what is the GM industry afraid of?
Rob Sexton, CEO Soil Association Certification