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GP Press release: Tesco goes GMO-free!!



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Greenpeace welcomes top UK supermarket 
decision to phase out GMOs

London /Amsterdam, April 27, 1999 --- Greenpeace today welcomed the decision 
by the UKĂs number one supermarket Tesco to phase out genetically engineered 
(GE) products in its own brand. Tesco has decided to work together with 
Greenpeace to seek GE-free supplies. 

˘We congratulate Tesco for their decision,÷ said Greenpeace GE spokesperson 
Benedikt Haerlin. ˘With Tesco joining the ranks of European retailers refusing to 
buy and sell GE food, this represents a total turnover of about $150 billion. 
Greenpeace is happy to assist any company seeking to go or stay GE free.÷ 

Last week the major US grain dealers ADM, Cargill and Staley announced that they 
will not buy any genetically modified organisms (GMOs) not approved by the 
European Union. ˘US farmers should not be fooled by Monsanto, Novartis and 
Pioneer,÷ said Haerlin. ˘European consumers simply donĂt want any GMOs in their 
food.÷ 

Greenpeace also welcomes TescoĂs commitment to increase the range of organic 
products in their stores. ˘Organic food is the fastest growing food trend in Europe, 
said Haerlin. ˘Thirty per cent of agricultural land in Europe will be farmed 
organically by 2010, if current rates of growth continue. Governments should 
support consumers opinion and ban GE food.÷

TescoĂs decision follows a similar announcement three weeks ago by several 
European retailers. Tesco has a annual turnover of $27 billion and has a market 
share of 15.6 per cent in UK. The company has outlets in UK, Hungary, Czech 
Republic, Slovakia and Poland. All the major retailers in the UK have now 
announced that they are seeking alternatives to GE ingredients in own-brand food 
products. 

More information: 

Greenpeace UK press office +44.171.865 8255/6/7/8 
Benedikt Haerlin +49.171. 878 0813
Mika Railo, Greenpeace International Press Desk, +31-20-5249 548

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