Articles

The National Food Strategy – Skating Over the Conflicts

22nd July 2021

The UK’s National Food Strategy has been widely welcomed but whilst it makes some good points it is, in the end a fundamentally flawed document that avoids the conflicts of values and world views that maintain business as usual in food and farming.

How to ‘public consultation’ – what Defra should have done

10th February 2021

The current public consultation on deregulating gene editing is prejudicial, inaccessible, scientifically questionable and shows disdain for average citizens. We have submitted a complaint to Defra and while we await a response, here’s what we think should have been done differently.

How to respond to the UK consultation on the deregulation of gene editing

22nd January 2021

A newly launched public consultation provides an opportunity for you to have your say on whether we should remove essential regulatory checks from genetically engineered crops and farm animals. Here’s some suggestions to help you negotiate the consultation and respond effectively.

GMOs in conservation – testing the fences

11th December 2019

Over the last few years, ‘testing the fences’, to find places where the public might be less opposed to GMOs, has become fundamental to the biotech industry’s PR plan. Now it’s turning its attention to the world of nature conservation.

The GE American chestnut – restoration of a beloved species or trojan horse for Tree Biotechnology?

19th September 2019

Gene editing (GE) is now being proposed as a way to help conserve plants in the wild. But is it a real solution to some real problems – or does it have the potential to make things worse?

An uncontrolled experiment in out of home eating

26th July 2019

Novelty, the ability to stay ahead of trends and to offer the unusual is one of the things that drives the restaurant business. There is very little regulation around the kind of food that can be served. There’s no real prohibition, for instance, against serving endangered species – though this is a questionable practice, especially  … Read more

“We don’t need no regulation” – Biotech bullies want to re-engineer the law

25th July 2019

Key consumer and environmental protections will be the first to go as biotech developers lobby government to rewrite, or even scrap, GMO regulations.

Nutrient collapse – Why biofortified food won’t ‘feed the world’

25th February 2019

‘Bioengineering’ nutrients into our food – a promise which so far has failed to materialise – distracts us from real issues of soil degradation, climate change, poor diet choices and lack of political will to support a right to food.

Are GM food opponents stupid?

25th January 2019

A new survey claims to show that GM food opponents are ignorant extremists. That’s how it’s being spun – but does the evidence really stand up?

Deceptive reporting of EU-funded feeding study on GM maize

25th January 2019

An EU-funded study has falsely claimed to show the GM diets had no adverse effects and to refute the Séralini long-term study on GM maize and Roundup.