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Greenpeace Destroys GM Wheat

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Greenpeace protesters have broken into a CSIRO experimental farm in Canberra to destroy a crop of genetically modified wheat. In the early hours of this morning a group of Greenpeace protesters scaled the fence of the CSIRO experimental station


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Albert M (112)
Wednesday July 13, 2011, 5:49 pm
In the early hours of this morning a group of Greenpeace protesters scaled the fence of the CSIRO experimental station at Ginninderra in the capital's north.

Greenpeace says activists were wearing Hazmat protective clothing and were equipped with weed string trimmers.

They say the entire crop of genetically modified wheat has been destroyed.

About half a hectare of GM wheat is being grown on the site, as part of Australia's first outdoor trials.

No genetically modified wheat strain had ever been approved for cropping in Australia before.

Last month the CSIRO received permission to conduct Australia's first trial in which humans will eat GM wheat.

The wheat's genes have been modified to lower the glycemic index and increase fibre to create a product which will improve bowel health and increase nutritional value.

Animal feeding trials of up to three months have been conducted, with human trials at least six months away.

Greenpeace says it has taken action because of concerns over health, cross-contamination and the secrecy surrounding the experiments.

Campaigner Laura Kelly says the Federal Government needs to put an end to testing GM wheat in Australia.

She says parts of the United States and many countries throughout Europe have already rejected the crop, and Australia should do the same.

"No one is looking after the health of Australians. Julia Gillard isn't standing up to foreign GM countries to protect our daily bread so Greenpeace has to," she said.

ACT Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury used to work for Greenpeace and says he is not surprised the group has taken such action.

"It's always very controversial these sorts of actions, but you have to stand up for what you believe in sometimes," he said.

"Greenpeace has clearly formed a view that the best way to both draw attention to this issue and to potentially protect the human food chain in Australia is to take this action."

Mr Rattenbury says Greenpeace has a track record of breaking the law to highlight problems.

"I've certainly been involved in action in the past where Greenpeace has broken the law and that has been necessary to highlight what we've considered at the time to be a greater issue than perhaps a simple trespass," he said.

Albert M (112)
Wednesday July 13, 2011, 5:50 pm
Three cheers to Greenpeace. Well done.

Monica D (580)
Wednesday July 13, 2011, 5:50 pm
GM is concerning. I wonder whether in future humanity will consider GM to be biological pollution, akin to the chemical pollution of our environment that is being generated today.

Fran F (116)
Wednesday July 13, 2011, 6:02 pm
Good for Greenpeace!

wooddragon xx (88)
Wednesday July 13, 2011, 6:03 pm
Cheers Albert...

Whoo Hoo!! Go Greenpeace! :0) Monica... Let's us hope it can be stopped before there is major damage to the environment.


Rose Becke (141)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 12:04 am

Mary Riley (987)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 12:19 am
Some good news for a change, thanks!

Azaima A (207)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 5:11 am
More power to them. Wheat is unhealthy enough even before it's genetically modified.

KS Goh (0)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 6:47 am
Thanks for the article.

Akin Adelakun (21)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 6:47 am

Arielle S (313)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 6:53 am
Greenpeace ROCKS! It's nice that SOMEBODY is looking out for the world....

Greenpeace USA (350)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 10:07 am
thanks everyone and especially Albert for posting this!

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 10:46 am
There are millions of starving people in the world, and GreenPeace is destroying perfectly good food. And then you wonder why these people are on the terrorist watch list.

Fred Krohn (34)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 12:29 pm
While I consider Greenpeace most competent in marine life issues, I do think more pre-production research should be completed on the GM grain issue before actual deployment. I also think 'Roundup' should be abandoned in favour of using animals that eat the weeds or mulching and mechanical weeding. Long-lived pesticides should be abandoned, biocontrols and short-lived specific-target pesticides should be the norm.

Patty B. (0)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 12:42 pm
Right on! Roundup, made by Monsanto, is part of the genetically-modified-for-profit crops, especially soya.
Monsanto provides the seeds and the seeds are genetically modified to resist their product -- Roundup (so it can be used to kill weeds/pests, supposedly.) But the pests adapt and therefore more chemicals are needed. Monsanto profits both ways. Meanwhile, we are eating the chemicals. How do their CEOs sleep at night?

Carolyn C (0)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 1:31 pm
Greenpeace just earned another contribution from me! You go, guys!

Brenda Towers (0)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 1:42 pm
Noted. Good luck!

Debra Van Way (12)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 2:21 pm
Go Greenpeace! Keep up the good work!

Sheila D (28)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 2:42 pm
It's unfortunate we have ANY GM foods. Greenpeace has put themselves on the line, again, and I support them, though wish they could have managed without breaking the law.

Olive Tassell (7)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 3:03 pm
Come on Greenpeace let's destroy the GM wheat in Canada together.

Ralph F (70)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 3:05 pm
Usually, I'd say breaking in & destroying someone's property is wrong. But when the World-Wide Corpo-Government refuses to listen to the concerns of the average citizen involving their health and food, what other choice do we commoners have?

. (0)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 4:59 pm
See Politicians, Banksters, Corporate Elite, we told you the ppl would grab the pitch forks and torches! You go Greenpeace.

Angela W (27)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 5:55 pm
Monsanto, other mega-corporations, and GM foods all SCARE me!

I totally agree with Ralph F.!

Glamour Girlcat (32)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 6:37 pm
I Heart Greenpeace!!

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 7:57 pm
Way to go! Noted, thanks.

Jo Asprec (0)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 8:12 pm
Hooray Greenpeace! Search and destroy all GMO!

Patricia L (45)
Friday July 15, 2011, 12:07 am
Greenpeace is a small but powerful soldier in the war against GM crops, among many other causes. That is why I support them and hope their actions will speak for us all.

Marianna Molnar (9)
Friday July 15, 2011, 3:28 am
noted thanks

Denisszia Gerocz (5)
Friday July 15, 2011, 4:38 am
Let us all pray and help, that Greenpeace will become popular among the hollywoodian stars. They can have an impact with the youth.

Past Member (0)
Friday July 15, 2011, 6:51 am
Good for Greenpeace! With you all the way!

Daniel P. (0)
Friday July 15, 2011, 10:31 am
although you may believe all GMOs are bad, some labs are trying to help people and not necessarily to make a lot of money. even if the GMOs are bad, Greenpeace should focus on peaceful solutions and not ones that break the law and destroy private property.

Gloria H (88)
Friday July 15, 2011, 2:07 pm
Yes!!! Oh come on about destroying private property...companies are destroying our whole freaking planet! As to the poor starving people of the world that "could" survive on GM about the farmers in India that were sold a pack of lies with the seeds, and found out the seeds from the crop were sterile, and they'd have to buy more seeds for the next year. hmm sounds like someone had a built in obsolescence plan and a profit margin to go with it. Was that just a glitch of science or a marketing strategy? Gee..too bad many of the farmers went bankrupt and commited suicide. Aw shucks...we were only trying to help them.

Juliana D (18)
Sunday July 17, 2011, 11:51 pm
Noted, Thanks!

James Vaipan (0)
Tuesday July 19, 2011, 11:30 am
Stop Spreading your poison on our earth!!! CHEERZ and THANK YOU!!!!
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