Top chefs in Australia cook up plan to boycott GM dining

May 29, 2008

The head chef of one of Melbourne’s best-known restaurants has called on consumers to boycott establishments that don’t commit to being GM-free.

“I know it sounds scary … but unless a massive amount of people go against (GM), nothing is going to be done to stop it,” Geraud Fabre, head chef of the famous France-Soir restaurant, says.

“I don’t say it to get more customers, but I reckon … if people close their restaurants because there are no customers … it would make the Government realise they shouldn’t (allow genetically modified crops in Australia).”

Fabre is one of a number of top chefs nationally who have signed an anti-GM chefs’ charter designed to pressure state and federal governments to prevent the introduction of genetically engineered crops into Australia.

The GM-Free Chefs’ Charter, calls for strict labelling of GM foods. The chefs who sign up to it believe GM foods pose a risk to their clientele and the nation as a whole, it says.

“Because of the untested long-term risks associated with the growing and consumption of GM foods, we are strongly opposed to serving them — or ingredients derived from GM products — in our restaurants.”

Fabre, who first became concerned about GM crops about five years ago, said: “I reckon anybody with half a brain (knows) you shouldn’t be trying something that you don’t know the outcome of.”

Paul Wilson, Botanical restaurant’s chef-director, agreed. “There has not been enough testing on humans and there hasn’t been enough established research to prove it’s not harmful to us,” he said.

“We want to support (the campaign) … to separate ourselves from establishments that don’t care. We want people to know we do care about the health of our customers.”

One Response to “Top chefs in Australia cook up plan to boycott GM dining”

  1. melandroweb Says:

    Where we will end with all this chemistry.

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