SAINSBURY'S - GM ANIMAL FEED PROTEST

including pancake race

OXFORD TOWN CENTRE

(Bonn Square, Westgate Centre)

Saturday 24 February 2001

Mid-morning onwards

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, below:

For immediate release
22/02/01

Anti GM protestors blockade Sainsbury's depots


This morning at approximately 10:30am protestors have begun blockading
Sainsbury's regional distribution centres [1] around the country, preventing
them from supplying Sainsbury's supermarkets with GM-fed animal produce. [2]

The protestors are targeting Sainsbury's because of their failure to follow
recent moves by other supermarket chains [3] 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 [4].

The protestors have used various means of blockading, including climbing on
top
of lorries, and using bicycle locks to secure themselves to lorries and gates,
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. For
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
local stores.
3. 75% of the worlds GM crop acreage is grown to feed animals that then enters
the food chain via meat, dairy, egg and fish products. Although most
supermarkets have removed GE as direct ingredients, little attention has been
paid to animal feed entering the food chain via eggs, dairy, meat and fish.
67% of people in a recent independent poll said that they were opposed to farm
animals being fed GM crops.
4. Iceland was the first UK supermarket to outlaw GE animal feed in it’s
ownbrand products. ASDA, Tesco, and Marks and Spencers have recently given
dates by which own brand produce will be GM free. Sainsbury's has yet to do
so.
5. GM-fed animal produce is currently not labelled as such.
6. This year for the first time since the introduction of GE, acreage looks
set
to decrease compared to last year. After the Starlink scandal in USA, Bosnia
recently refused 40,000 tonnes of GE maize which was sent as aid by the USA.
Sainbury's is a major UK supermarket chain.

Video footage from one of the actions is available via Zoe Broughton 07779
268832
Stills pictures are available from a freelance photographer - contact GEN 020
7690 0626

For a detailed briefing on the issue of GE animal feed click here

Back