Why a freeze?

GM Freeze wants our food to be produced responsibly, fairly and sustainably, but why does that mean a moratorium on GM?

Not sustainable

Genetically modified (GM) crops support some of the most environmentally damaging farming practices in the world. Their use has led to the development of resistant "super-weeds" and has been proven to reduce biodiversity.

The monarch butterfly has declined by 90% and studies lay the blame on GM farming. GM Bt crops produce their own insecticide and, while the pests develop resistance, beneficial insects like lacewings and ladybirds are harmed. Take action.

Not fair

GM crops are patented so the farmers that grow them are not in control. They cannot save seed each year and are locked into contracts with the multinational corporations that sell not just the seeds but also the weed killers they are designed to work alongside.

Globally, we produce enough food for 14 billion people - twice the world's population. People are hungry because they are poor and growing more GM will not share the world's resources more fairly. Take action.

Not responsible

The term GM means that the organism's DNA has been artificially added, removed or changed in the lab. DNA is a bit like a computer programme, but one that doesn't come with instructions. Leading scientists are only beginning to understand how different genes interact with each other. Unintended effects have been widely observed and safety tests are usually controlled by the companies that profit from GM.

The most common type of GM crop is designed to survive being sprayed with large doses of specific weed killers, mostly glyphosate which, according to the World Health Organisation, probably causes cancer. Take action.

Not wanted
Not needed
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