GM Free Zones Growing
30 Jun 2003
In May this year Warwick became the latest county to go GM free. As well as banning growing GM crops, the Council voted unanimously to keep all services free of GM foods.
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In May this year Warwick became the latest county to go GM free. Aswell as banning growing GM crops, the Council voted unanimously to keepall services free of GM foods.
Friends of the Earth aredelighted. ‘Around Britain there is growing opposition to GM crops andfood. This decision sends a strong message to the Government that localpeople don’t want their food, farms and environment threatened by GMcrops,’ said campaigner, Clare Oxborrow. Calls for GM free areas aregrowing. Cornwall and South Gloucestershire voted to go GM free earlierthis year. The whole of Wales, Lancashire, Devon and Dorset are takingsteps to become GM free. In a recent poll 56 per cent opposed GM foods.
TheNational Trust has banned its 2,000 tenant farmers from growing GMcrops. Tony Juniper of Friends of the Earth welcomed the move, saying:‘public opinion remains firmly opposed to this new technology, whilstlocal authorities across the UK are taking steps to go GM free. If thegovernment’s GM debate means anything, they must listen to this growingopposition and refuse to allow GM crops to be commercially grown.‘
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