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Islander
08-09-11, 09:27 AM
Jessica Nairn
ABC, July 14 2011

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 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.

Read more: http://www.gmwatch.eu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13323

LabDoc
08-09-11, 10:54 AM
Go Greenpeace !!

mellowsong
08-09-11, 11:58 AM
Gee, come to the US Greenpeace...you'll be busy the rest of your lives!!!

highlander
08-09-11, 08:40 PM
Heroes.

Julieanne
08-10-11, 05:13 AM
I don't have the article now, but the police closed down Greenpeace offices shortly after this.

LabDoc
08-10-11, 11:48 AM
Closing down Greenpeace offices isn't going to stop them (fortunately), remember how the French blew up their ship 'The Rainbow Warrior' in New Zealand a few years back ? Now they are on the high seas again bigger and better than ever! Greenpeace will return undaunted.

Islander
08-10-11, 09:35 PM
Hooray for Greenpeace. They're unstoppable!