Month: June 2015
The Letter from America is a letter signed on behalf of 60 million Americans warning the UK not to grow GM crops or eat GM food because of the damage these can do to health and the environment.
This was delivered to Downing Street by organisers Beyond GM and their US partners from GMO Free USA and Label GMOs in November 2014. Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, celebrity chef Walentine Warner and the late Michael Meacher MP came along to support the initiative.
Since its launch the Letter has been translated into 8 languages and been read all around the world. We strongly encourage everyone to read the Letter and use the links on site to send a copy to your MP demanding that the UK remain GMO free.
A recent BBC Panorama programme, entitled GM Food – Cultivating Fear, was broadcast on BBC1 on 8th June 2015 and it asked the question: is anti-GM feeling just fear-mongering?
Many people complained via Twitter on #BBCPanorama that the programme, which highlighted the apparent success of genetically modified BT brinjal (a type of aubergine) was biased and did not tackle important issues integral to the subject of GM, such as glyphosate, next-generation pesticides and herbicides, herbicide resistance, the WHO declaring glyphosate a ‘probable carcinogen’, lack of containment, crop contamination, labelling, and the issues of transgenes, amongst many others.
If you wish to register a complaint please call the BBC on 0370 0100 222 and choose the ‘complaints’ option.
You be interested in reading the Beyond GM report Does the BBC help cultivate a pro-GMO agenda in the UK?
UPDATE: Since the BBC broadcast evidence has come to light to suggest that the BBC ignored important evidence of the failure of the Bt brinjal crop in Bangladesh in order to present a biased view of the crop’s success.