No Frankenbeer in My Stein
Demand in Britain for organic products, including organic beer, is on the rise, spurred in part by consumer fears over the safety of genetically modified foods. Sales of organic foods in the U.K. have grown by nearly 30 percent in the last five years, and sales in the rest of Europe have grown by 14.5 percent, with demand outpacing supply in France and Germany. Meanwhile, Friends of the Earth is taking the British government to court over its quick approval of expanded trials for certain genetically modified crops. Some 79 percent of the British public think that the testing of genetically modified crops on trial plots should be stopped. Groups such as Greenpeace have destroyed such test plots in the past, and are threatening to destroy new ones as well.