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TELL THE GOVERNMENT TO STOP FURTHER GM CONTAMINATION
and two suggestions for action:
Spread of Contamination
Meacher has admitted to the House of Commons (13/06/00) that buffer
zones of any width around GM crops cannot safeguard against the
contamination of non-GM crops elsewhere. He said: "It is false
to pretend that there is any distance which is going to prevent
some contamination." This is what anti-GM campaigners have
been telling the Government for a long time.
Riley of Friends of the Earth says: "At last a Government Minister
agrees with us! What we need now is action to prevent the current
farm-scale trials and test sites contaminating crops and honey.
Mr Meacher has let a large yowling cat out of the bag: a rambling
debate about crop separation distances would be a complete waste
responding to Mr Meacher's admission, Patrick Holden, Director of
the Soil Association, says: "This demonstrates that we simply
should not be doing open air testing of GM crops. Every bit of evidence
that's coming out is strengthening the case for not going down the
route of this technology."
write to Nick Brown, demanding, in the light of this Government
admission, that the trials of GM crops be halted immediately and
the existing plantings be dug up and destroyed. No risk of GM contamination
is necessary or acceptable.
letters and postcards to: The Rt. Hon. Nick Brown MP, Agriculture
Minister, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3JR.
An Acceptable Level of Contamination!
the same occasion (13/06/00), Michael Meacher said: "The question
is how we can absolutely minimise that [i.e. GM contamination] to
a level which is acceptable to those buying the product because
it is they who buy the product which will have to determine what
degree of GM in a non-GM food is acceptable to them."
write to Michael Meacher, insisting that GM-free can only mean 0%
contamination. Anything else is unacceptable.
letters and postcards to: The Rt. Hon. Michael Meacher MP, Minister
for the Environment, DETR, Eland House, Bressenden Place, London,
a standard postcard
the heading "RE: GM Oilseed Rape" on it*
this, write in large capital letters "DIG
the name and address of the person you want to send it to (see
below for contact addresses)
your name and town or full address
on a stamp and post it
you are planning to send a lot of these, you could get a rubber
stamp made with the words "GM Oilseed Rape". Then all
your fellow campaigners have to do is write "DIG
IT UP!" across it on their postcatds. We have got a
rubber stamp and it is proving very useful.
PROTEST NOTE TO SEND
an image of an oilseed rape plant, with the words DIG
IT UP! written across it. Here
is a sheet we prepared earlier ready for you to use.
print out the page
Add the name and address of the person you want to send it to
(see below for contact addresses)
"DIG IT UP!" across the
image of the oilseed rape plant
your name and address
or fax it
you wish to send a letter outlining in more detail the reasons why
you are calling upon the Government to have all the potentially
contaminated oilseed crops dug up and destroyed and to pay full
compensation to the farmers who have unknowingly planted them -
then here is an example. Please include
the heading DIG IT UP! in your letters.
your MP to sign Early Day Motion 782.
GM-CONTAMINATED MAIZE, tabled on 24.05.00 by Alan Simpson
"That this House is alarmed to discover that up to 100,000
hectares of this year's maize crop in Europe may be subject to GM
contamination; is concerned that this is on a larger scale than
the recently admitted GM contamination of oilseed rape; believes
it is grossly dishonest of the European seed industry and EU officials
to respond by demanding a reversal of current European zero contamination
rules rather than tackling the central issue of genetic pollution;
and calls on Her Majesty's Government to follow Sweden and France
in destroying GM-contaminated seeds and crops, to arrange compensation
for farmers, to hold seed suppliers fully liable for contamination
under the polluter pays principle, and to halt seed imports which
lack comprehensive verification as being GM-free."
Of the various Early Day Motions which have recently
been tabled, this one most closely matches the aims of the DIG
IT UP! campaign.
your DIG IT UP! demands to:
Rt. Hon Nick Brown MP
Nobel House, 17 Smith Square
London, SW1P 3JR
fax: 020-7270 8419
MAFF, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square
London, SW1P 3JR
tel: 020-7238 6380/6379
fax: 020-7270 8419
Rt. Hon Michael Meacher MP
DETR, Eland House, Bressenden Place
London, SW1E 5DU
Rt. Hon. Marjorie Mowlam MP
London, SW1A 2AS
Rt. Hon. Tony Blair MP
10 Downing Street
London, SW1A 2AA
Minister for Rural Affairs
The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh, EH99 1SP
tel: 0131 348 5783
fax: 0131 348 5966
Advanta Seeds UK Ltd
Lincolnshire, NG34 7HA
tel: 01529 304511
fax: 01529 303908
Managing Director - M J Ruthven
Commercial Director - A S Guthrie
well as letters, postcards, emails and phone calls, the DIG
IT UP! campaign could include petitions, badges, t-shirts,
posters, stickers, 'subvertising', demonstrations, performance art,
a range of other actions - whatever people's time allows or their
imagination suggests. Send
us your ideas and news for posting on this website and sharing
TO THIS SITE
make a link from your site to the DIG IT UP!
website, just make a hypertext link to http://www.dig-it-up.uk.net
If you are using
a web authoring tool, select the "link" option and add
the web address, or if you need it the HTML code, it is:
A call to remove
GM Oilseed Rape from Britain's countryside.
If you would
like to make a link using the DIG IT UP!
logo, then save the image given below to your computer, by right
clicking, and selecting "Save Picture As", if you are
using a PC, or if you are using a Mac, by clicking and holding on
the image, and then selecting from the menu that appears "download
image to disc".
A call to remove
GM Oilseed Rape from Britain's countryside
Insert the image
into your web page and make a hyper link to the web address: http://www.dig-it-up.uk.net
If you need
the HTML code it is:
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