Last month the government approved the BASF application for a GM trial in Hedon, East Yorkshire. Following the ruber stamping by DEFRA, the company announced that it would not proceed with the trial this year, but said they may do so in the future.
This means the BASF/NIAB site in Cambridge (planted around the beginning of May) is now the only location in Britain where GM crops are contaminating the countryside…
One down, one to go - let’s keep Britain GM free!
It's not too late to stop GM spuds. Join us for a walk to see the trial site and a protest picnic.
Earth First! summer gathering - Wednesday 18th July until Sunday 22nd July 2007 - location & programme announced
* Are you fed up with bare-faced lies from politicians, big business and the media?
* Have you had enough of a world where corporate profit comes before life and dignity?
* Do you want to see an end to mindless consumption>
* Then this Gathering is for you! Read on...
The group is based in Canterbury, but already has support from people in the Medway Towns, Sittingbourne, Herne Bay and Thanet as well as Canterbury. Most of the people involved have a background in the Animal Rights movement and recognise the need to broaden out into Eco Action and related issues. Be it GM crops, Airport expansion, unnecessary development, or diverse other issues we shall seek to educate, inform and protest, notwithstanding the current clampdown on reasonable protest. There will shortly be a website up and running, but in the meantime anyone interested in being involved should
Short video of the April 21st anti-GM rally and picnic that ended with the attempted underplanting of organic potatoes in a field thought to be earmarked for a BASF GM potato crop trial in Hedon near Hull.
About 250 people attended the protest in Hull to listen to speeches and enjoy a GM free potato picnic - some food provided by Veggies of Nottingham and music. Protesters then spread across the large (several acre) field, with a few police, some on horses, others on trail bikes, some even had learned to walk. Some filming. Some impotently asking people to leave the field. Then we did because we'd run out of potatoes.
Everything you ever wanted to know about Frankenspuds, but were afraid to ask.
@ rampART (www.rampart.co.nr) this Tuesday (17th), 8pm
16 rampart street, london E1 2LA
Films and discussion on GM crops trials in the UK and the previously sucessful campaign to stop them. Plus update on the biotech industries latest attempts to push this shit down our throats.
This spring, German chemicals company, BASF, are trialling 3 types of GM potatoes (modified to be blight resistant) at two sites:
1) NIAB in Cambridgeshire (National Institute of Agricultural Botany)
2) Hedon village, just outside Hull.
Protests are taking place at both sites in the next fortnight. It is important that we demonstrate to BASF and the government that we want the UK to remain uncontaminated by GM crops. Commit to coming to one of them and get a warm glow in your tummy.
BASF ("THE Chemical Company" according to their literature) are developing genetically modified potatoes. They start this year with a five year programme of tests involving planting them at several sites around the United Kingdom. To date the UK is free of commercially planted GM crops; it is our intention to keep it that way. There are many reasons why GM food is bad for our planet, for farmers and for our health. We need to act now before they get a foothold - once established there will be no going back, as the Americas and the Far East have already found out to their cost.