October 7, 2003 -- CropChoice news: A survey of the five main
UK farm insurance underwriters and brokers by the new
campaigning organization FARM, found that neither farmers
considering growing genetically modified (GM) crops
or non-GM farmers seeking to protect their businesses
from contamination by GM crops would be able to find
anyone willing to give them insurance.
Insurance company spokespeople compared GM crops to
Thalidomide, Asbestos and "Acts of Terrorism,"
according to FARM spokespeople.
All the companies surveyed felt that too little was
known about the long term effects of growing these crops
on human health and the environment to be able to offer
any form of coverage.
FARM released the survey in conjunction with its briefing,
"GM Crops: Sorting the Wheat from the Chaff,"
which, according to the group, sets out the facts about
transgenic crops as they will affect practical, working
farmers and the markets they produce for - if the Government
gives the go-ahead for commercial planting in the United