Better in than out?

Sharyn Lock might have one of the safest diets around, despite being in prison. Sharyn, imprisoned for breaching bail conditions imposed due to her anti-runway 2 actions, went on hunger strike until HMP Risley guaranteed her a diet free from genetically manipulated (GM) organisms. After 3 days the Prison Services caved in. Sharyn might now be the only person in England with a guaranteed GM free diet!

Sharyn said: "I was on hunger-strike for the right of prisoners to be guaranteed a diet free from genetically manipulated food. I will continue to campaign for this. What we want to see happen now is for other government organisations being encouraged to provide a similar choice as I have won at Risley."

The irony is that the public at large does not even have this choice as food produce does not carry any sort of labelling. Unsurprisingly those companies that are most vehemently opposed to labelling in this country are the same companies that are producing GM organisms - they realise that the public are at the very least sceptical if not opposed to GM produce.

The GM-Free Prison Support Group were celebrating a quick and somewhat surprising victory this week. The GM-Free Prisoners Support Group is calling for a similar policy as Sharyn has won to be adopted by all prisons. This would ensure the rights of prisoners to a GM-free diet and add pressure to the public's call for more progressive measures to be taken on this issue. Other prisoners are expected to follow Sharyn's lead and demand comparative rights in their respective prison.

For further details on Sharyn's situation contact: GM-Free Prison Support Group on 0161 224 4846. Information on genetically engineered foodstuffs can be obtained from: Women's Environmental Network, 87 Worship Street, London, EC2A 2BE (0171 354 8823) or Greenpeace International, Canonbury Villas, Islington, London N1 2PN (0171 865 8100)

GM-Free Prison Support Group (0161 224 4846)