SAINSBURY'S - GM ANIMAL FEED PROTEST
including pancake race
OXFORD TOWN CENTRE
(Bonn Square, Westgate Centre)
Saturday 24 February 2001
Come and ask Sainsbury's why they persist with GM-fed animal products
while other major supermarkets have recognised public rejection of
genetic modification in the food chain and are now in the process
of phasing it out.
SEE PRESS RELEASE ON SAINSBURY PROTEST 22 Feb 2001,
For immediate release
Anti GM protestors blockade Sainsbury's depots
This morning at approximately 10:30am protestors have begun blockading
Sainsbury's regional distribution centres  around the country,
them from supplying Sainsbury's supermarkets with GM-fed animal produce.
The protestors are targeting Sainsbury's because of
their failure to follow
recent moves by other supermarket chains  in announcing a date
by which all
own-brand meat, dairy, egg, and fish products will be from animals
raised on a
GM free diet .
The protestors have used various means of blockading,
including climbing on
of lorries, and using bicycle locks to secure themselves to lorries
with banners and costumes to highlight the issue to Sainsbury's workers.
Notes to Editors:
1. So far, reports of at least four seperate actions have been received.
progress reports and footage of the blockades:
Tel: 0207 6900626 GEN for updates
Via GEN (blockade at Elstree Way, Borehamwood WD6 1SN)
Tel: 07796 430 141 (blockade at Basingstoke depot)
Tel: 07710 482201 (blockade in Midlands area depot)
2. Regional Distribution Centres (RDC's) operate on a "just in
time" basis to
3. 75% of the worlds GM crop acreage is grown to feed animals that
the food chain via meat, dairy, egg and fish products. Although most
supermarkets have removed GE as direct ingredients, little attention
paid to animal feed entering the food chain via eggs, dairy, meat
67% of people in a recent independent poll said that they were opposed
animals being fed GM crops.
4. Iceland was the first UK supermarket to outlaw GE animal feed in
ownbrand products. ASDA, Tesco, and Marks and Spencers have recently
dates by which own brand produce will be GM free. Sainsbury's has
yet to do
5. GM-fed animal produce is currently not labelled as such.
6. This year for the first time since the introduction of GE, acreage
to decrease compared to last year. After the Starlink scandal in USA,
recently refused 40,000 tonnes of GE maize which was sent as aid by
Sainbury's is a major UK supermarket chain.
Video footage from one of the actions is available via
Zoe Broughton 07779
Stills pictures are available from a freelance photographer - contact
For a detailed briefing on the issue of GE animal feed