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Nestlé sustainability champion: GM food not 'answer' to feeding world

5 commentsBy Rod Addy , 30-Aug-2012
Last updated on 30-Aug-2012 at 14:57 GMT

Sustainable water use could deliver more results than GM, says Johr
Sustainable water use could deliver more results than GM, says Johr

Genetically modified (GM) food is unnecessary to feed the world and the food industry would reap more benefits from using resources more sustainably and employing other techniques.

That’s the view of Hans Johr, corporate head of sustainable agriculture at Nestlé and honorary president of SAI Platform, a group of top global food and drink manufacturers working to improve supply chain sustainability.

“There are a lot of new breeding technologies today that don’t use GM food. You can do a lot of things without GM. GM per se is not a golden bullet, but may be an interesting tool in the box.

“We [Nestlé] have a very simple way of looking at GM: listen to what the consumer wants. If they don’t want it in products, you don’t put it in them.”

Sustainable water a vital issue

Sustainable use of water was a vital issue and if addressed could deliver benefits beyond anything GM could offer said Johr. “More than 70% of fresh water is being used in agriculture. We are partnering with companies that can depollute sewage water and use it for agriculture.”

Nestlé, among others, has worked on a way of measuring the water footprint used in the whole food and drink supply chain. It is supported by a working group on water use that has been set up as part of the SAI Platform. “We have developed a water impact calculation of how much water is being used for crop production,” said Johr.

Many farmers needed to be educated about when, where and how to use irrigation, as they had often never learned these skills, he said.

SAI Platform celebrated its 10th anniversary in May this year.

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Nestle Opposes GMO Labeling

"We have a simple way of looking at GM ingredients: listen to what the consumer wants. If they don't want it in products, you don't put it in them."
IF this were true, why did Nestle donate $1.16m to oppose Prop 37 in California?? I will not support Nestle, or any other donator, who opposes GMO labeling!

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Posted by Gail Pagan
07 September 2012 | 16h13

take action to say NO! to GM food

The least any consumer deserves is to know whether the way their food has been raised/grown is what they consider safe, and without the labeling of GM foods, we are at their mercy. It is not our choice for many of us, and we are fed up with their opposition, and want clear labeling, not shoving it on us.

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Posted by christine smith
06 September 2012 | 22h52

Boycott

I am still boycotting Nestle. When they put their money where their mouth is things might change as to how I spend MY money. And because I believe Nestle is harming people and the environment I may NEVER DO BUSINESS WITH THEM AGAIN.

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Posted by Rebecca McKnight
06 September 2012 | 21h37

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