15 January 1999

Fight still on against GM…

THE Soil Association has warned that it will continue its fight to convince the decision makers that there is no place at all for genetic engineering in food and farming.

Speaking at the Organic Food and Farming Conference, Patrick Holden, director of the Soil Association, sent a stark public message to farm minister Nick Brown, environment minister Michael Meacher and prime minister Tony Blair.

"Do not underestimate the power of informed public opinion to effect change….the cavalcade is not yet over."

There was a clear majority of people opposed to the introduction of genetically modified crops and their eventual consumption. GM crops were unsafe, unpredictable and unreliable, he said.

According to consumer surveys, 77% of the British public did not want GM crops grown in the UK and 61% did not want to consume them.