What you can do
GM is a big issue and sometimes it can seem like it's hard for individuals to make a difference. But take heart - it was people like you and me who over the past two decades have stopped the full-scale introduction of GM crops into our countryside. Whether it's writing a letter or digging up GM spuds - every action counts. Together we can kick GM out of this country for good!
Talks, workshops and video showings
Get in touch if you would like to invite us to do a talk or workshop on GM for your group, school, community centre, religious group. We'd be happy to come!
Spread the word
Tell people about what's happening with GM and about things they can do.
Download and distribute our leaflet in your local area, for example in health food stores, community centres, schools and colleges.
Write about GM issues in your local newspaper, zine, blog etc. Feel free to use any of the images and graphics on our resources page.
Do you have your own website? Link to ours!
Set up a local group and take action
Taking action is easier with other people. Organise a meeting for concerned people, make a list of action ideas and get cracking. From leafleting consumers in supermarkets, showing films and organising talks, protesting against GM experiments at your university, getting your workplace, university, village or town to become a GM free zone, promoting locally grown organic food, writing letters to supermarkets and GM companies and taking direct action - anything is possible! Contact us if you would like help with setting up a local group.
Boycott GM food
Don't buy food or animal feed with a GM label. Protest and boycott retailers who sell it. There's a list of GM products at GM Freeze
Shop at independent whole food shops who are committed to only selling GM free food.
Whenever you buy food in a pub, restaurant, hotel, workplace canteen, school, hospital, or nursing home, exercise your right to know if it contains or is derived from GM ingredients including GM cooking oil. If it does, insist on your legal right to be informed on their menu, request them to stop using GM ingredients; and protest and boycott those who don't cooperate. Businesses usually respond to consumer demand!
Avoid GM-fed animal products. Buy organic milk and animal products - organic standards prohibit the use of GM at any stage of production. Or shop at local farmers' markets where you can question the farmers directly about whether the animal feed they use comes from a certified non-GM source.
Write to your MP
We need people to become penfriends to their MPs and MEPs. Most of the new batch don't know the issues and only reply to correspondence from constituents. The GM Freeze can support you with this, it needn't be much work. Have a look at the GM Freeze website for sample letters and background info.
What to ask your MP
Clear labelling of meat and dairy products from animals fed on GM
Put an end to GM crop trials in the UK
To email your MP:
To send a letter to your MP:
Write to supermarkets and ask them to be GM free
There is currently a big push by the biotech industry to force GM foods onto supermarket shelves. Whether they succeed is largely in the hands of the supermarkets, which have most power over the European food supply. Until now the supermarkets, under pressure from consumers, have banned GM ingredients from their own-brand products but hardly any have so far banned the use of GM animal feed in their meat, dairy or egg production lines. In May 2010 Asda dropped their policy of not allowing GM feed for their own brand chicken - now only their organic meat and dairy is GM free.
You can find lots of useful info on writing to supermarkets including sample letters at GM Freeze
Friends of the Earth have also compiled a league table of supermarkets and their stance on GM animal feed, plus sample letters to supermarkets.
There are also several food products made from GM crops for sale, have a look at GM Freeze's list of GM products here.
Write to food retailers, especially Asda and other supermarkets, and to food manufacturers and ask them to:
Marks & Spencer
Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd
Customer Services, Tesco, PO Box 73,