About The Letter from America

The Letter from America is a unique open letter to the citizens, politicians, and regulators of the UK and the rest of the EU about the hazards of genetically modified crops.

This is relevant to all of us in the UK and the rest of Europe because our politicians and regulators are currently deciding whether or not to plant GMOs and, under pressure from biotech lobbyists and trade negotiations like the TAFTA/TTIP, whether to relax regulations around the import and sale of GMOs.

Europe has held out against GMOs for a very long time. If it gives in now, efforts in the US to successfully campaign against GMOs, to get GM foods labelled, and to try to get them out of the farming and food system are likely to collapse.

This is now an urgent international issue and we all need to work together – and quickly – to protect our global food system and ourselves.

The Letter from America, signed by groups and individuals representing nearly 57 million US citizens, gives us a glimpse into out for future should we choose to embrace GM crops.

The powerfully written and fully referenced letter details the problems and challenges that American farmers, consumers and others have faced over the nearly two decades since the first commercialised genetically engineered crops were planted. These include:

• Lower yields than equivalent non-GM crops
• Higher chemical inputs and seed prices that are 3-6 times higher than conventional seed, leading to lower profits for farmers
• The risk of cross pollination and contamination of non-GM fields and the loss of export and organic markets due to high levels of contamination
• Increased pesticide use; research suggests that farmers who planted Roundup Ready crops use 24% more herbicide than non-GMO farmers planting the same crops
• Superweeds and superbugs that are resistant to either Roundup or the toxin produced by Bt plants
• Destruction of the natural environment including threats to beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies and harm to important soil organisms
• Studies showing numerous threats to health from eating GM foods and their associated pesticides.
• Lack of scientific consensus on the safety of GMOs
• Increasing corporate control over the food supply

Post publication we will continue to  invite endorsements from groups but also individual citizens in the US post publication.

In the UK it will be part of a larger campaign to reignite grassroots interest and involvement in the issue of GMOs here and UK visitors to the website will be encouraged to send the letter to their elected representatives with their own concerns as well as help spread the word more widely throughout the UK.


  • You can download a .pdf copy of the Letter from America here.



About this site:
The Letter From America is coordinated by Beyond GM. Endorsing this site is a vote for a safer, healthier more sustainable food system, for the health of our plants, animals and soil, for the independence and future security of our farmers. Thank you for speaking up.    Read more...