I’m sure I wasn’t alone in tuning into Monday’s BBC Panorama episode about GM crops and farming.
It was great to see the Chief Executive of the Soil Association, Helen Browning, weigh into the debate – arguing the case for non-GM Farming.
Helen made the Soil Association’s concerns very clear: GM crops have already degraded 25-40% of soil worldwide.
Unless a lot of work is done to reverse this damage, it will be impossible to guarantee that we can feed our growing population healthily.
It’s so important that we are growing crops and ingredients in untarnished, clean soil.
As with all unclear issues concerning long-term ecological and consumer health, here at Pai we prefer to err on the side of caution.
Preserving the quality of our soil is so important, particularly as we do not yet understand the long-term implications of genetic modifications.
Panorama ended with the message that the issue of GM crops is challenging consumers with questions of trust and safety.
With the latest Soil Association report identifying consumer education as a key influencer behind the success of prominent organic brands, it will be particularly interesting to see how the argument for and against GM unfolds
Watch this space!