Say No to GM
At Pureharvest we strongly support sustainable agriculture and organic farming. We believe that the cultivation of genetically modified organisms and their inclusion in our food supply poses a serious threat to human, animal and environmental health and is therefore fundamentally contrary to our vision of a healthy and sustainable future. We are thus opposed to the proliferation of genetically modified (GM) organisms in our foods.
We have a strict policy that prohibits the use of GM food at Pureharvest. We will never deliberately use any GM food in any of our products.
Further to this, we have adopted the following policy position:
- We support a moratorium on the use of GM food until in-depth research on their long-range consequences has been completed.
- We support the consumer’s right to know, and hold that all products containing any GM ingredient, and those derived from GM material, should be labelled as such.
- We support the establishment of GM free standards and a certification process.
- We support organic standards and support the need to establish an independent standard and process for the verification of non-GMO status for agricultural products.
- We are committed to working with our suppliers to provide GM free products.
- We support the education of consumers of the presence of genetically modified products in the food supply.
- We support organizations working to educate consumers about GM food.
What are Genetically Modified Foods?
We define GM foods as those foods and products that are made with techniques that alter the molecular or cell biology of an organism by means that are not possible under natural conditions or processes. As such, GM food may contain substances that have never been part of the food chain.
Many GM crops in Australia are approved for commercial use based on safety studies conducted by the same companies who developed the GM organisms. In many other countries around the world, GM foods are not considered to be safe and are therefore significantly restricted or banned outright.
Concerns about the health and environmental impacts of GM foods are growing, and include concerns about food allergies, the increased application of pesticides on GM crops, the possible creation of ‘super’ weeds or diseases that do not respond to current counter measures and may devastate future crops, and the impact on ecosystems including insects and neighbouring crops.