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 Kingdom.