“Monsanto broccoli” lands Waitrose and Sainsbury’s in trouble

Waitrose and Sainsbury’s are facing opposition from customers over their decision to stock broccoli supplied by contentious bio-tech company Monsanto.
The GM giant has avoided UK links until recently due to Britain’s apprehension over GMO foods and the EU regulation which bans the crop.
A petition contesting the use of Monsanto products in Waitrose and Sainsbury’s has now gained over 10,000 signatures.
The protest is “one against the company’s ethics”, rather than the nature of the food as Bellaverde broccoli is not genetically modified, said eco-activist Shazzie Love, who spear-headed the campaign.
Monsanto have courted controversy in the US, after hundreds have sued the company over their waste disposal, which has allegedly caused cancer and infertility in thousands of people. The company have also left a legacy in the UK after it hired a contractor to fill an unlined quarry in Cardiff, Wales, with thousands of tonnes of chemicals in the early 1970’s. The waste included dangerous elements of Agent Orange, the compound used in chemical warfare against Vietnam.
The critical campaign began with a facebook photo of the broccoli, warning people that it was produced by Monsanto. It has now been shared 22,302 times. Waitrose’s facebook page has been “inundated” with comments, according to the supermarket’s spokesperson, some of which “had to be deleted for breaching site rules”.
Both Sainsbury’s and Waitrose have refused to comment on whether the broccoli will be discontinued in their stores.

Waitrose and Sainsbury's decision to stock Monsanto's "Bellaverde" broccoli has proved unpopular
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