It seems there are not often victories to celebrate so it's strange when they occur seemingly unnoticed. That's exactly what's happened regarding the news that the chemicals giant, BASF have abandoned plans for a GM potato trial in Yorkshire this year, despite government consent.
Back in April there was an action in Hedon near Hull [1 | 2 ] to demonstrate public opposition to the first GM trials in the UK proposed in three years. Taking action before the trial began, the protesters planted their own organic spuds in what they thought was the field earmarked for the GM variety [1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6]. The aim was to invalidate the experiment before it was even started and while it turned out that they had picked the wrong field they did successful demonstrate that public opposition to GM crops is as strong and militant as ever [audio | video].
The planting of the other trial, located in Cambridge [1 | 2], went ahead despite local opposition and protests but campaigners say that it's not too late to drive home the message that "there is still no future for GM in the UK".Read more | 1 addition | 1 comment >>
This month a controversial experimental genetically modified potato crop is due to be planted in the UK by the German chemical giant BASF (offshoot of the infamous AG Farben). DEFRA initially gave approval in December for BASF to undertake trials at two sites, one in Cambridgeshire (at the National Institute of Agriculture and Botany) and the other initially in Derbyshire - until the farmer pulled out.
The trials are the first GM crops to enter British soil in nearly 3 years, after public opposition forced a u-turn in government and corporate plans for patented crops. Although presented as an R&D trial into the effectiveness of an anti blight gene, they are widely considered to be trial of public opinion.
On 14th April in Cambridge a protest walk took place [photos 1, 2]. This was followed on the 21st by a rally in Hull. This event ended with the proposed trial being effectively sabotaged even before it had began when over a hundred people entered the site and planted several varieties of seed potatoes in the field making it impossible for a scientifically valid trial to take place there.Read more | 1 addition | 6 comments >>
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GM Potato trial application by Leeds University
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Arrested! anti-GM protest pics
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GM Victory! Hull down! One more pota't'go!
Video - You Plant, We Dig
07-05-2007 10:32 | 1 addition | 1 comment
Hull, rally and protest against GM trials, 21st April 2007
25-04-2007 09:20 | 3 comments
Statement from Mutatoes.org and campaigners against Hull’s GM potato trials
24-04-2007 23:58 | 16 comments
Mutatoes Rally - GM Spuds-U-Hate
Protestors plant GM trial site with organic potatoes. (press release)
22-04-2007 18:09 | 2 comments
Non GM Potatoes planted at Hedon test site
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The Mutatoes Are Coming !!!
Cambridge GM Crop Trial Location Published
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Rally against Frankenspuds, Hull, 21st April
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GM Crop Trials - Protest
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Anti-GM bike pilgrimage comes through Sheffield
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