Joint Statement on the Genetic Technologies (Precision Breeding) Bill
We have just signed this statement on a GM bill going through parliament:
UK civil society urges MPs to understand the implications of deregulation and revise the bill to
ensure the interests of farmers, businesses and citizens are protected 29 groups and individuals representing a broad range of food, farming, animal welfare, human health, environmental, academic, ethical and spiritual interests make the following statement:
On Tuesday, 14 June, the bill to deregulate most genetic engineering technologies in farming and
food will have its second reading in the House of Commons. This bill represents a significant change
in the law and has huge implications for farming, food, animal welfare, the environment, the UK’s
internal market and its trading relationships with key global markets. It is clear that, in its haste to
deregulate, the Government has not adequately considered these implications.
Crucially, the bill proposes to remove all requirements of traceability, including labelling, from these
technologies. If it passes in its current form, no-one—including farmers, businesses and citizens—will
be able to exercise the right to choose whether or not to use, purchase or consume the products of
these technologies. All surveys, polls and consultations show that people and businesses in the UK—
whether or not they are supportive of agricultural genetic technologies—believe these technologies
and their products should be regulated, traceable and labelled.
Denying the right to choose undermines trust in the food system and in innovation and technology.
We are concerned that too few MPs have grasped the full implications of the bill and that, as a result,
it could pass into law without the full debate and major revisions it requires. We urge our
parliamentarians to take steps to prevent this from happening.
Comments on "Joint Statement on the Genetic Technologies (Precision Breeding) Bill"
Please think beyond greed and the desire for profit.