Europe’s executive body, the so-called ‘European Commission’, has authorized five GM crops for use in food and feed.
Along with the vast majority of other citizens around the world, the people of Europe have repeatedly shown that they reject GM crops. In a Europe-wide opinion poll carried out in 2010, for example, almost 60 percent of people said they believed GM food isn’t safe.
Opinion polls at national level in Europe have produced similar results, with a survey published in 2013 by the UK’s Food Standards Agency finding that two-thirds of the British public think it important that GM ingredients in food are labeled. A national opinion poll in Romania in 2010 uncovered even stronger opposition, with more than 80 percent of people surveyed wanting a ban on GM foods.
Despite oft-heard claims to the contrary, the fact is that GM foods are not the solution to world hunger. Illustrating this, even the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) now admits there is already more than enough food produced in the world to feed everyone.
The truth about GM foods is sobering. In short, through enabling the patenting and control of the global food supply, they exist solely as a means for their manufacturers to make larger profits. In this sense, the GM industry’s business model closely resembles that of the pharmaceutical industry, whose patents on synthetic drugs rake in over €1 trillion a year and enable it to control the practice of medicine. To both of these industries, the health interests of ordinary people come a very poor second to the financial interests of investors.