Slow Food International is asking slow food members in Australia and the rest of the world who want to protest against legislation that legalises GMO’s to read further about what GMO’s may mean to our “food” future and urges members to have their say by voicing their concerns at a political level.
To this end Slow Food Brisbane brings to your notice that proposed changes to the regulation of genetically modified food in Australia are imminent in amendment titled: The Gene Technology Amendment (2019 Measures No. 1) Regulations 2019 will be put before federal senators next month and will result in a reduction of regulations around genetically modified food and open the door to possible future health concerns for humans and animals.
Slow Food International’s position on GMOs is clear.
If you would like to be more informed or want to understand the for and against case of GMOs the following site is recommended:
https://allianceforscience.cornell.edu/blog/2018/08/the-gmo-debate/ which presents varying GMO for and against arguments (one of which is included hereunder).
GMO’s (genetically modified organisms)
Genetic modification of agricultural seeds isn’t in the interest of the planet or its inhabitants. Genetically modified (GM) crops are associated with an increased use of chemicals, like glyphosate, that are toxic to the environment and to humans. These chemicals not only contaminate our food and water supplies, but they also compromise soil quality and are actually associated with increased disease susceptibility in crops.
This ultimately leads to an increase in the use of pesticides and further disrupts ecosystems. And yet, despite these drawbacks, we haven’t seen increased yield potential of GM crops, although that has always been one of the promises of GM seeds, (the sale of which is tightly held by huge industrial companies and from whom you must buy seeds. There are no other options. Hence the price is also subject to change without reference to the producer or the market).
Fortunately, there are innovative alternatives to the issue of food insecurity that are not dependent on using GM crops(Dr. David Perlmutter).
Certainly it should be mandatory to label foods as GMO or not so we can make decisions about whether the products are good, clean and fair.
If you wish to see this amendment disallowed
we encourage you to write to your local member, Federal Member, the Minister for Agriculture etc. Some of this letter below may be of use to you:
As a member of Slow Food a Global Movement opposing GMO’s being introduced into the food chain without adequate regulation and scant consideration to human health I prevail upon you to disallow the Gene Technology Amendment (2019 Measures No. 1) Regulations 2019.
To allow these amendments to pass, our families risk eating untested, unlabelled genetically modified (GM) foods – including animals. Powerful scientific evidence shows that new GM techniques such as CRISPR pose risks that require expert assessment and management. It’s vital that gene edited organisms are assessed for safety before being released into our environment and supermarkets. The future health of our children and grandchildren rests on the decisions our politicians make as our representatives on all matters that relate to human health. The benefits to future generations for good health outcomes from the food system must override large industrial and commercial businesses and their profit motivation.