GM polls in the UK

What does the public think?

What do farmers think?

  • In 2013 Farmer’s Weekly found that 61% of respondents said they “would like to grow GM crops”. However 26% of respondents said they “would not cultivate [GM] under any circumstances”,
  • Even among those who said they would like to grow GM crops nearly a quarter (24%) said they see “no advantage in growing GM crops” – which begs the question of why they would want to grow them in the first place.
  • In fact, only 15% of farmers said they would eat GM, and investment in GM was ranked last among farmers’ priorities for Government attention.

What about the rest of Europe?

  • The last major Europe-wide public opinion poll on GM crops, conducted in 2010 by Eurobarometer, found the majority of respondents were concerned over the safety of the crops. It noted: “The wider picture is of declining support across many of the EU Member States – on average opponents outnumber supporters by three to one, and in no country is there a majority of supporters.”

What do our politicians think?

The proof is in the pudding. The restaurants at the Houses of Parliament have banned GM food since 1998 as a matter of “consumer choice”.

Our elected representatives are already GM Free. So, if they don’t want to eat it, why are they asking us to?

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