Greens against GMOs

GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) are an issue on which the Greens have been fighting hard for many years. The Greens believe that GMOs could have a long-term harmful effect on the environment and human health, and as it has not been proven otherwise, a precautionary approach should be taken.

The policy of the Green Party of England and Wales is to:

Jean Lambert's voting on proposals for European legislation on GMOs is therefore in line with these principles.


Press release: Jean Lambert tells President Bush to stop lying about GM Food


Read a letter from Jean Lambert outlining Green action on GMOs in the European Parliament


February 2003: Jean supports Norwich Green Party's campaign for a GMO free Norfolk. Read the press release


Authorisation, traceability and labelling of genetically modified food, feed and organisms

The Greens believe that consumers have a right to know what they are buying and eating, especially when it concerns products which are genetically modified or contain genetically modified ingredients. In 2001, the European Commission produced two proposals for legislation to guarantee proper labelling of GMO products. The European Parliament adopted opinions (reports) on these proposals in July 2002. See the Green Group's briefing below for more information.

Green Group Briefing

Letters from Jean Lambert (pre- and post- vote) on these proposals

Press release by Jean (3rd July 2002)


What European legislation exists on GMOs?

Read this information document by the European Commission outlining the current state of play on EU GMOs legislation (March 2003).


Useful Links

Caroline Lucas MEP

Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth Europe

Green Group in the European Parliament

European Commission webpage on GMOs