Tesco, the Cooperative, Marks and Spencer and Sainsbury’s have withdrawn their commitment to sourcing eggs and poultry meat from birds fed on a diet free from genetically modified material.
They claim that sourcing GM-free feed has become a problem for their suppliers – but Waitrose is standing firm so it’s not an insurmountable problem. Suppliers will always meet the demands of their customers and as farmers know only too well, customers do not come any more powerful or demanding than the big supermarkets . They just have to specify that’s what they want. According to The Soil Association, there is plenty of non-GM feed available anyway.
There isn’t a Waitrose where I live or I would shop there. I can give up on Tesco, Sainsbury’s and M&S, but would be very sad to abandon the Cooperative – an organisation that I have believed in.
EU guidelines don’t even require labelling to warn us. The Food Standards Agency has confirmed that GM DNA in animal feed is taken up by the animal’s organs and can then be detected in the milk, meat and fish that people eat.
Investigative journalist Joanna Blythman is tweeting about this – if you’re on Twitter, spread the word and let’s see if we persuade our supermarkets to keep our food GM free.