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Understanding GE

Page - February 1, 2007
While scientific progress on molecular biology has a great potential to increase our understanding of nature and provide new medical tools, it should not be used as justification to turn the environment into a giant genetic experiment by commercial interests. The biodiversity and environmental integrity of the world's food supply is too important to our survival to be put at risk.

It is disturbingly easy for GE pollen to enter into the food chain. GE should stay in the lab.

Genetic engineering enables scientists to create plants, animals and micro-organisms by manipulating genes in a way that does not occur naturally.

These genetically engineered organisms can spread through nature and interbreed with natural organisms, thereby contaminating non 'GE' environments and future generations in an unforeseeable and uncontrollable way.

Their release is 'genetic pollution' and is a major threat because GE organisms cannot be recalled once released into the environment.

Because of commercial interests, the public is being denied the right to know about GE ingredients in the food chain, and therefore losing the right to avoid them despite the presence of labelling laws in certain countries.

Biological diversity must be protected and respected as the global heritage of humankind, and one of our world's fundamental keys to survival. Governments are attempting to address the threat of GE with international regulations such as the Biosafety Protocol.

Quick facts

  • Globally consumer preferences are against GE in food
  • 27 of the 30 top European retailers have a non-GE policy throughout the EU or in their main market where they make more than 80% of their sales
  • 80% of GE crops get used for feeding animals
  • 94% of the worlds GE crops are grown in just four countries (USA, Argentina, Canada and China)

Banning GE is the best solution

People all over the world from consumers to scientists are saying NO to GE crops. By saying we want to stay GE free we are winning the fight to keep our environment and food chain natural.

More and more food companies are committing to not use GE ingredients and more people are buying sustainably grown, pesticide free, healthy food and that is good for people and the planet.

More and more states, regions and provinces have GE-free policies and are protecting the environment and their citizens from GE crops and food.

Following several food scandals and consistent public opposition against GE food, many food retailers and manufacturers have pledged to source their products from GE-free sources.

A recently published Greenpeace report shows that the European Union (EU) - with its 455 million consumers one of the biggest food markets in the world - is almost completely closed to GE foods.