Slow Food is against the commercial planting of genetically modified (GM) crops and promotes GM-free food and animal feed.
With genetically modified organisms (GMOs) we risk transforming our food into a patented commodity controlled by a few multinationals and stripping farmers and consumers of their rights.
GMOs are unreliable from a scientific point of view, inefficient in economic terms and environmentally unsustainable. Little is known about them from a health perspective and from a technical standpoint they are obsolete. They have severe social impact, threatening traditional food cultures and the livelihoods of small-scale farmers.
In many countries labelling of GMO-containing food is not obligatory and people cannot be sure that they are avoiding these foods. We support mandatory labeling of all products containing GM ingredients, including meat and dairy products where animals have been fed with GM feed, thus giving consumers the freedom to make an educated choice about what they eat.
Slow Food has launched a global campaign against GMOs, with grassroots actions taking place across the worldwide network. In 2013, we joined with Friends of the Earth in the Stop the Crop campaign in response to the European Commission's consideration of the introduction of new GM crops.