retail news in context, analysis with attitude

Seven months after two activist organizations, Greenpeace and Avaaz, began circulating a petition calling for a moratorium on all genetically modified crops in the EU until safety testing is improved, they announced that one million signatures have been obtained, reflecting what they call “dominant public opposition to GM crops.”

The organizations plan to present the petition to EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso,.

Avaaz Executive Director Ricken Patel said in a prepared statement, “European citizens have given President Barroso more than a million reasons to listen to the public and act with precaution rather than cave to the private interests of the GM industry. Europeans are deeply concerned that a handful of GM companies are determining Europe's agricultural future, and have embraced the new 'citizens initiative' to re-insert a democratic voice into EU food and farm policy.”
KC's View: