The data reinforces earlier reports of consumer rejection of GE
food, such as the study by the European Commission showing that
only 14% of the European population believes that GE food is safe
"Consumers all over Europe, east and west, are applying common
sense and rejecting the genetic experiment with their food," said
Geert Ritsema of Greenpeace International GE campaigner.
Greenpeace also published a statement by the Russian Soy Union
stating that at present there is no commercial production of GE
soya on Russian territory and that the Union "supports a moratorium
on the cultivation of transgenic soya in Russia" (4).
Maciej Muskat, Greenpeace Central Eastern Europe campaigner in
Poland said: "The food industry has to respect the wishes of Polish
consumers and take risky and unwanted GE products off the
Some international retailers, who operate in Poland, such as the
French Géant, have double standards. In Western Europe they have a
GE free policy, but in Poland their consumers get no such
guarantees. "Such double standards for GE food are inexplicable and
unacceptable. Companies must act immediately and apply the same
policy across the whole of Europe," said Muskat.
Greenpeace will also step up its campaign against GE food in
Russia. Over the last ten months the environmental organisation
managed to get 40 Russian food companies to commit to a GE free
policy. However, there are still more than 500 companies on the
Russian red list in the market. Greenpeace will continue to put
pressure on these companies to change their GE policy. Natalia
Olefirenko of Greenpeace Russia said: "The Russian Consumer's Guide
will be mailed free of charge to every Russian citizen who contacts
Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organisation, which
uses non-violent, creative confrontation to expose global
environmental problems, and to force the solutions that are
essential to a green and peaceful future.
Other contacts: Geert Ritsema, Greenpeace International GE campaigner +31 646 197 328Maciej Muskat Greenpeace CEE campaigner in Poland: + 48 509 058 651Natalia Olefirenko Greenpeace Russia campaigner +7 903 739 4956 Mhairi Dunlop, Greenpeace International Communications, +44 7801 212 960
Notes: (1) Opinion poll done by PBS on September 10-11th, 2005, on a representative sample of 1079 citizens: available in Polish and English from Greenpeace International (2) Russian Consumers’ Guide: www.greenpeace.ru (3) European Commission, Special Eurobarometer: Europeans, Science and Technology, June 2005, page 62-64: http://europa.eu.int/comm/public_opinion/archives/ebs/ebs_224_report_en.pdfThis Eurobarometer was conducted between 3 January and 15 February 2005 in 32 European countries: the EU 25, the candidate countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Turkey) and the so called EFTA countries (Iceland, Norway, Switserland).(4) In a statement signed by their President Anatoly Ustyuzhanin the Russian Soy Union confirms that “There is currently no commercial production of genetically modified soy on the territory of the Russian Federation. The Soy Union supports a moratorium on the cultivation of transgenic soy in Russia, and promotes the development of production of foodstuffs manufactured from non-genetically modified plant raw materials cultivated in Russia”: full statement in Russian and English available from Greenpeace International.