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Wednesday 26, 3pm.

Food for thought

Politicians tuck into GMO feast

As senior politicians from around 40 countries gather in Montreal for vital negotiations on genetically modified foods and crops, Friends of the Earth will cheekily help Ministers with their menu at tonight’s banquet put on by Colombian Environment Minister Juan Mayr.

Friends of the Earth have analysed the menu options at tonight’s event and highlighted the extent of research into genetically modified foods which may be in the politicians food now or in the future. With developments in GM foods and crops moving so fast it is crucial that a strong Biosafety Protocol is agreed this week and safety concerns are put top of the agenda. The input of Minister’s is likely to be crucial.

Adrian Bebb of Friends of the Earth said:

"The Ministers won’t have a choice tonight if they eat genetically modified food or not. With so much uncertainty over the safety of GM foods and crops it is essential that we get tough international rules so that countries do have a choice. This might be a light-hearted action but we have a serious message - give the world a strong Biosafety Protocol. We wish the Ministers a bon appetit!"

Friends of the Earth is the world’s largest network of environmental groups. They campaign in over 64 countries covering all negotiation parties at the Protocol. Campaigners are available in Montreal for comment and briefings in English, French and Spanish.


Friends of the Earth will be helping the Ministers as they go to dinner at 7.45pm , St James Club, 1145 avenue Union (Union / Rene-Levesque)


CONTACT: Adrian Bebb 514 239 4276 OR 514 239 4253




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