Risks of GE Food

Genetic engineering of the food we eat is an inherently risky process. Current understanding of genetics is extremely limited and scientists do not know the long-term effects of releasing these unpredictable organisms into the environment and people's diets.

Due to consumer pressure, supermarkets in many countries have cleared genetically engineered (GE) food from their shelves and global food companies have removed GE ingredients from their products. In addition, some leading pig and poultry producers have promised not to supply animals with GE feed.


Europe is leading the way in the fight against GE food; a huge mobilisation of European consumers and environmentalists has held genetically engineered organisms (also called GMOs or genetically modified organisms) at bay in Europe over the past eight years. In April 2004 it brought into force the world's toughest labelling regime.

Consumers should be protected from the dangers of GE food, not only in Europe but the whole world. However in many countries food manufacturers and corporations are failing or refusing to inform the public about the presence of genetically engineered ingredients in their products.

Consumers have the right to know and the right to choose: While labelling does not fully address the concerns of GE ingredients, it at least allows the consumer to make informed choices and decisions. Information about a product would enable and assist consumers who would want to take a precautionary approach in their food choices to do so. Moreover, failure to provide information is considered a breach of fair trade.

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'Monsanto Protection Act' adopted in the US

Blog entry by Eric Darier | 28 March, 2013 21 comments

Imagine a democratic government adopting a legislation that would instruct its own Agriculture Department "to ignore any judicial rulings that block the planting of crops that the court determines to be illegal"(according to Senator...

The long march of the food movement in the US

Blog entry by Eric Darier | 13 March, 2013 11 comments

Whole Foods Market, the eighth largest food and drug store in the US, has announced that it will start to label all food made from genetic engineering (GE) within 5 years. As the US (and Canada) is one of the rare so-called...

GM: not the promised route to food security

Blog entry by Neha Saigal | 21 February, 2013 2 comments

Hunger and malnutrition is an issue that governments around the world are grappling with and its impact can be felt more severely in the developing and under-developed nations. India is no different in this regard; we stand towards...

Will big biotech giants destroy Mexican corn? Join us and say no!

Blog entry by Aleira Lara | 11 January, 2013 45 comments

The Mexican government is likely to authorise the cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) corn in Mexico. And until now Mexican citizens, with the help of organisations like Greenpeace ,  have managed to prevent agribusiness giants...

Glyphosate-tolerant crops in the EU

Publication | 30 October, 2012 at 14:51

Renowned agricultural economist Dr. Charles Benbrook was commissioned by Greenpeace International to make the first ever forecast of how Europe would be impacted by the authorisation of the cultivation of herbicide-tolerant, genetically-engineered...

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