The beginning of the end for GM crops?

Thursday, 5 October, 2000, 05:26 GMT 06:26 UK
Supermarket's GM-free livestock plan

Iceland led the way in GM-free food

The Deeside-based supermarket chain Iceland has announced that all its
livestock for primary meat production is now reared on a non-GM diet.
The move has been warmly welcomed by Friends of the Earth Cymru.

A new public opinion survey - commissioned by FOE - reveals that 63% of
shoppers want supermarkets to drop GM ingredients from animal feeds.

Other supermarkets are set to follow Iceland's lead

Only one-in-five favour supermarkets stocking products from GM-fed animals.

Most of the UK's leading supermarkets look set to follow Iceland's lead.

Sainsbury, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer's and Asda have all said that they are
removing GM ingredients from animal feed.

Consumer concern has banished GM ingredients from most of our food.

But GM soya and maize is still being imported in huge quantities for use in
animal feeds.

Maize commonly makes up 30 to 50% of the diet of dairy cattle.

Avoiding GM animal feed would be easier if it was labelled.


Since 1999, food eaten by the public has had to be labelled if it contains
any GM DNA - but animal feed is exempt.

However, last month the Food Standards Agency said that it wants to extend
labelling to cover GM animal feed. The issue is also being considered by the

Friends of the Earth Cymru's GM campaigner, Raoul Bhambral said:
"Congratulations to Iceland. Once again they have taken the initiative on GM

"The public have made it perfectly clear that they do not want shops and
supermarkets to rear animals on GM feed.

"It is time that every supermarket followed Iceland's lead and gave
customers what they want," he added.

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