GM-free campaign kicks off

A group opposed to GM foods has launched a campaign aimed at the NSW and Victorian premiers after they announced they would lift the ban on GM canola in February.

Spokesperson Stephan Melkonian, an authority on organic farming from Yarra Glen in Victoria, said the group, calling itself Pester Power, aimed to use guerilla marketing in its campaign.

We urge the public to pester their local, state and federal parliamentarians and ministers to say no to GM foods, Mr Melkonian said. The future of food must not be decided by back-room political deals between the premiers and giant multinational GM companies.

The campaign includes ads on prime time television starting this week as well as ads in national food journals, bumper stickers, shop posters and an interactive website at www.saynotogmfoods.com.

We demand a public referendum on GM foods before a single seed is planted, Mr Melkonian said. Bayer (biggest agrochemical company and biggest commercial seed company) are hell-bent on selling their herbicide tolerant genetically manipulated canola here and dominating the global food supply using GM technologies, he said.


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