Thursday, February 18, 1999 Published at 18:00 GMT
GM food - You say no
Consumers want the opportunity to make their own choices
As the debate on the safety of genetically-modified (GM) food rages on, BBC News Online users are still voting to give it a wide berth.
Asked if they would avoid GM food, currently 83% of users will not go anywhere near it.
Chris Williamson from Scotland was equally worried:
"Destroying the balance we have with nature could alter our world irreversibly. Messing with the building blocks of life is like fiddling with the foundations of a sky-scraper."
Ministers said on Wednesday night they could extend the moratorium on growing GM food in Britain after previously insisting no reason existed for doing this.
O G Fox from England is clearly unimpressed with the government's handling of the whole affair.
"First, Dr Arpad Puzstai fed GM food to a rat. Then the Prime Minister admits he is happy to eat GM food. Hmmm, perhaps this is the link. I'm taking no chances. I'll avoid it (if possible!) thanks.
Demand for improved labelling
Many readers said they would feel happier if foods containing GM material were more clearly labelled.
"I will be giving up all processed foods until proper labelling enables the consumer to select GMO-free products," S Russell, a UK user, said.
Another said that Monsanto, one of the leading companies involved in developing GM crops should be responsible for any consequences stemming from its actions.
"If biotechnology companies such as Monsanto are convinced that such consequences will be overwhelmingly or exclusively beneficial, they will be prepared to accept liability for any adverse effects of GM food technology, and compensate individuals or bodies who suffer any such adverse effects," said Nick Brooks from the UK.
What's the fuss?
But the call for a five-year moratorium on the commercial production of GM crops in the UK by some enviromental groups has left a bad taste in the mouth of a small number of readers.
Briton Duncan Green just wants to know what the fuss is all about:
"People are quite willing to smoke and drink (alcohol), both which have detrimental effects on our health but won't eat GM food's which are SCIENTIFICALLY proven to be safe!!"
Would you avoid GM food? Have your say.