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As the UK heads for a general election and a possible change of government, we have an opportunity to shift the debate around genetic technologies away from the narrow. and in many ways false. narrative of GMOs – new and old – as strictly a science and innovation issue. First and foremost they are a food, farming and environment issue and policymaking, including upcoming amendments to the Genetic Technology Act, should be viewed through this lens.
A shorter summary version of the Manifesto is also available.
During the passage of the Genetic Technology Bill over 2022/23 Beyond GM provided numerous briefs to policymakers, advisors and parliamentarians. Some of these focused specifically on the Bill and amendments, others focused on the contextual issues raised by the Bill. A selection of these is below.
This factsheet supports our recent webinar which aimed to bring hosted by the CSA Network, aimed to bring those involved in local and regional food production up to speed on the latest developments in genetic engineering and to provide an agroecological framework for thinking and talking about the ‘new GMOs’.
Defra Consultation on Deregulating GMOs
On 7 January 2021 Defra launched a public consultation into deregulating plants and animals created using gene-editing. Beyond GM has worked individually and in close collaboration with other groups, notably GM Freeze, on a public facing response to the consultation including advice for the general public on how to respond, and a social media campaign to encourage public engagement. We have also produced a brief for MPs and our own comprehensive response to the consultation. In addition, we worked with Slow Food UK on a letter to Supermarkets asking them not to stock deregulated GMOs. Links to these documents and to our official response to the consultation are below.
A Bigger Conversation
Our A Bigger Conversation initiative brings voices from all sides of the debate – from science, ethics, faith, environment, business and more – together to discuss a range of issues around new genetic engineering techniques. We’ll be adding more reports as they become available.
Our responses to various calls for evidence on the future of food provide some food for thought and briefs on current issues.
A series that explores the multiple ways in which food links into human and environmental wellbeing. For links to sources and suggested readings for each leaflet see here.
Chefs are being specifically targeted by the biotech industry to serve food that may not even be in the supermarkets yet. Often it is not labelled – so customers never know if they are eating GMOs or not. Our Stir the Pot initiative aims to get chefs and others in food service learning more, thinking more and talking more about all the issues around GMOs.
As part of our work with chefs and others in the food industry via out Stir the Pot initiative we are very pleased to be working with the Greencuisine Trust to produce a series of five downloadable leaflets looking at GMOs in the UK food system. Here’s the first three.
For and about kids
Children feel the impact of our industrial food system more, for instance through poor nutrition and exposure to environmental toxins. It is also important that we find ways to help educate them about what a sustainable food system looks like.
Beyond GM has commissioned two important surveys which look at UK citizen concerns and beliefs around GMOs in food and farming, and at how these issues are represented in the media. Articles around these issues can be found on our main website.
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