For the first time, genetically engineered (GE) food crops are being grown in Australia, posing potential risks to the environment and human health. However, there is currently no way for shoppers to ensure that their groceries are GE-free, as labelling is not required for most products containing GE ingredients. Australians want GE food labelled for health, environmental and ethical reasons.
Contact your Federal MP and demand they take action.
In 2007, the Federal ALP promised not to approve the release of genetically engineered (GE) crops unless they could be proven safe "beyond reasonable doubt". It is also ALP policy to support the “comprehensive labelling of genetically modified food".
Canola is used in many foods and in animal feed. With NSW and Victoria now allowing GM canola to be commercially grown for the first time, the Federal Government needs to deliver on these promises urgently.
Independent polling last year showed that 90% of Australians want all GE derived food labelled, and that 54% of Australians don’t want to eat GE food.
Please contact your MP and urge them to ensure that the Federal Government keeps its promises and protects public health and consumer choice by introducing, and strictly enforcing, legislation to ensure that:
- GE crops are only approved if they are proven to be safe 'beyond reasonable doubt' using evidence from independent, long-term, published studies - measuring indicators relevant to human health.
- All GM foods are clearly labelled, including highly processed products such as oils, starches and sugars from GM crops; and meat, milk, cheese and eggs from animals fed GM feed.
You can find your MP’s contact details here.
Sign our petition calling for the comprehensive labelling and proper safety assessment of GE food.