Farmer Takes Public Stand Against GMO’s
Sir Julian Rose, who owns the Hardwick Estate, fears genetically modified organisms could harm humans if they make their way into food.
He has erected a sign outside his estate stating that it is a â€śGMO-free zoneâ€ť and wants neighbouring farmers to follow suit.
Sir Julian, 65, said: â€śIâ€™m urging farmers and landowners who are growing GMO-free foods to make the public aware of this fact by putting up a sign.
â€śWe donâ€™t trust or want GMO food. The public are interested in seeing and finding access to good-quality, flavourful and local foods grown by environmental farming methods.
â€śThey no longer trust the big corporations and supermarkets or the Government with these issues.
â€śCross-contamination is not just a threat to the environment, where neighbouring crops could be polluted, but also a direct threat to animal and human health.â€ť
A recent study in France showed genetically modified plants were harmful to rodents. GM maize was fed to rats over two years, their normal lifespan, and the animals suffered kidney failure and tumours.
Sir Julian said: â€śThe results produced conclusive evidence that weâ€™re endangering human health by allowing genetically modified organisms into the food chain.
â€śWhen a maize crop is sprayed with herbicide, it destroys the weeds in the field but not the genetically-modified crop.
â€śIn effect, it means that weâ€™re getting both the negative effects of the herbicide and the GMO if we ingest it.â€ť
In France, GMOs are banned but Britain supports further research.
Sir Julian wants the Government to act and said: â€śItâ€™s so important we take a position on this and declare that the food coming off our farms will not carry the risks to our health shown by this study.â€ť