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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GMO Monster Crops Protest in Philippines

Image | 19 April, 2012 at 10:12

Greenpeace activists dressed as GMO "monster crops" accompanied by "mad scientists" protest outside the Department of Agriculture in Manila. Greenpeace, together with other concerned organizations are demanding that the Philippine government...

Ministry of Agriculture Action in Mexico

Image | 8 March, 2012 at 9:45

Thirty Greenpeace activists take a three metre high mobile phone to the Ministry of Agriculture (SAGARPA), in Mexico City. To send a message to the agency to not ignore the message of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food – Olivier de...

Month in Pictures - June 2011

Slideshow | 1 July, 2011

GE-Free Future Rally in Spain

Image | 17 April, 2010 at 15:43

17 April 2010 - Spain. Greenpeace Spain GE campaigner Juan Felipe Carrasco (arm in the air) joins the demonstration for a GE-free future of farming and food. Farmers, environmentalists and consumers from all over Spain demonstrate in Madrid under...

Organic Cotton Farmers in India

Image | 18 October, 2009 at 18:18

Organic cotton farmer Gullapalilli Rajeswari and her husband pick cotton in their field in Kishtapur, Andhra Pradesh. They have been growing organic cotton for 4 years while building ecological pest protection with natural methods. They have...

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