Re: Letter from your constituent Jennie Wilson
Monday, 11 October, 2010 16:32
Dear Ms. Wilson,
Conservative MEPs support providing the consumers with as much choice as is possible within the confines of the food supply chain, but felt the text as it was, under the current situation would not be effective.
It was felt by our ENVI colleagues that the proposal would be impractical and would place a huge burden on the livestock and meat industry. It is important to remember that at this time, there exists no specific mechanism within a global industry to monitor exactly what type of feed animals have been fed on, especially with regards to imports.
GM feed and non GM feed are used simultaneously in many parts of the word (including in Europe) and it would place an impossible burden on both farmers and retailers to even attempt to effectively implement these measures.
In addition, as there is no definitive scientific evidence that eating GM feed has any effect on the meat of the animal, and as all GM feed variants which are used within the EU have been certified as safe by the European Food Safety Authority, the burden imposed on the industry by introducing such a labelling scheme would currently be disproportionate and not provide sufficient benefits to consumers with regards to consumer choice.
I fully agree with your comments regarding the vital role that biodiversity plays in our communities. It order to protect our unique status and adapt to climatic changes, we must have a more sophisticated, science-based understanding of the effects that GMOs have on our land and our health. I have called on the Commission on many occasions to provide more comprehensive studies and assessments in this regard, and will continue to do so during my tenure as a representative for the Eastern region.
Please be assured that Conservative Members take full account of all sides in a debate prior to making any voting recommendation.
Finally, I would like to thank you for passing on the links to reading materials on this subject. I will be sure to pass them on to my colleagues in the parliament's Agriculture and Environment & Public Health Committees.
Robert Sturdy MEP