SIRC – Media Watch 03-06-99

Anti-GM Manifesto

The Guardian reports the Green Party's call for an EU cessation of genetically modified crop planting and a ban on GM food imports into Europe. The Party suggests that this month's European elections should be considered as a referendum on the government's handling of GM food and represent an opportunity for the electorate to "send a message to Mr Blair that we neither need or want GM foods." The Green Party believes that their stance on GM food is reason enough alone for the electorate to vote in their favour. Judging by the press and other pressure groups level of opposition to GM, this part of their manifesto may prove to be a considerable vote winner.