Anti-GM Vandals Destroy Crops

German and Australian activists opposed to genetically modified foods ruined experimental test beds of maize, wheat, and potatoes.

By | July 19, 2011

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On Saturday (July 15), three Australian Greenpeace activists wearing HazMat suits destroyed wheat plants genetically engineered for higher yields, better nitrogen metabolism and higher production of a blood-sugar friendly starch called amylose. In a statement, Greenpeace said they attacked CSIRO, a Canberra research institution running the plots, because it "is conducting the world's first human feeding trials of GM wheat, without adequate safety testing," ScienceInsider reports. The amylose-engineered wheat has been tested in animals and is slated for small human safety trials this year.

In an unrelated attack in Gross Lüsewitz, Northern Germany on July 9, six activists overpowered a security guard and ransacked test plots of fungus-resistant wheat. They also destroyed potatoes engineered to produce a chemical that may one day be used to make plastics. The fields, owned by the company Biovativ, were part of a government-funded trial.

Two days later, another group of vandals trampled a demonstration garden of GM potatoes, wheat, and maize in Üplingen, ScienceInsider reports. No one has been identified in those assaults.

Each of the attacks destroyed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of plants.

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Anonymous

July 19, 2011

The Aussies are a bit slow, must be a long way from anywhere. Millions if not billions of Americans and Chinese have been eating GM crops for nearly 3 decades, and still haven't grown leaves.

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July 19, 2011

Ignorance is the origin of all evils, remember that the first one that made genetical  modifications was nature it self. There is people resistant to AIDS, in the same way there are plants resistant to predators. And genetic enginering in but nothing than using the best of one plant to another to resist disease and for better production. With no doubt that greenpeace activists of this nature are completely ignorant. They should take care of the whales and pinguins in extincion. They should use their energy to educate them selfs and understand that science is working for the well being of human kind.

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July 19, 2011

These people are worse than ignorant. Unfortunately in a world with increasing population where hunger is already a problem, they fight a solution. Their solution is for us all to live "simply." I am afraid that train left the station long ago. It's easy for people who have never gone hungry in their lives to look at the world from their ivory towers and conclude that if we all adopted a neolithic life style, how much better everything would be. Of course, 99% of humanity would have to be eliminated for that to happen.

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July 19, 2011

The Aussies are a bit slow, must be a long way from anywhere. Millions if not billions of Americans and Chinese have been eating GM crops for nearly 3 decades, and still haven't grown leaves.

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July 19, 2011

Ignorance is the origin of all evils, remember that the first one that made genetical  modifications was nature it self. There is people resistant to AIDS, in the same way there are plants resistant to predators. And genetic enginering in but nothing than using the best of one plant to another to resist disease and for better production. With no doubt that greenpeace activists of this nature are completely ignorant. They should take care of the whales and pinguins in extincion. They should use their energy to educate them selfs and understand that science is working for the well being of human kind.

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July 19, 2011

These people are worse than ignorant. Unfortunately in a world with increasing population where hunger is already a problem, they fight a solution. Their solution is for us all to live "simply." I am afraid that train left the station long ago. It's easy for people who have never gone hungry in their lives to look at the world from their ivory towers and conclude that if we all adopted a neolithic life style, how much better everything would be. Of course, 99% of humanity would have to be eliminated for that to happen.

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July 19, 2011

The Aussies are a bit slow, must be a long way from anywhere. Millions if not billions of Americans and Chinese have been eating GM crops for nearly 3 decades, and still haven't grown leaves.

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July 19, 2011

Ignorance is the origin of all evils, remember that the first one that made genetical  modifications was nature it self. There is people resistant to AIDS, in the same way there are plants resistant to predators. And genetic enginering in but nothing than using the best of one plant to another to resist disease and for better production. With no doubt that greenpeace activists of this nature are completely ignorant. They should take care of the whales and pinguins in extincion. They should use their energy to educate them selfs and understand that science is working for the well being of human kind.

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July 19, 2011

These people are worse than ignorant. Unfortunately in a world with increasing population where hunger is already a problem, they fight a solution. Their solution is for us all to live "simply." I am afraid that train left the station long ago. It's easy for people who have never gone hungry in their lives to look at the world from their ivory towers and conclude that if we all adopted a neolithic life style, how much better everything would be. Of course, 99% of humanity would have to be eliminated for that to happen.

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July 21, 2011

Do you mean hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of plants or of research?

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July 21, 2011

Do you mean hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of plants or of research?

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July 21, 2011

Do you mean hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of plants or of research?

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