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CropLife really cross with Greenpeace activists who chopped down their wheat patch

By johnboy - 14 July 2011 48

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CropLife have released an incandescent statement in the wake of Greenpeace jumping the fence at Ginninderra and whipper snippering a CSIRO’s GMO wheat crop.

Greenpeace today have proven they are more interested in emotional blackmail of parents and spin doctoring than they are in global food security and science based public policy decision making.

CropLife Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Cossey, said today he is disappointed that Greenpeace have imported irresponsible activist activity to Australia. Slamming them as nothing more than intellectually weak troglodytes Mr Cossey said “The vandalism of GM trials is nothing but a short sighted attempt to garner publicity”.

“This is a dark day for Australian science and there can be no justification for this act. This type of activity from Greenpeace is unethical and morally questionable, especially when the world is facing the challenge of global food security”.

“Reckless interference of this kind only delays valuable and essential scientific research. The exact purpose of these independent scientific trials was to assess and analyse the safety and potential of healthier wheat varieties critical to Australia’s agricultural future”.

“It is hypocritical of Greenpeace to demand that governments act on the science of climate change and at the same time demand that government completely ignore and act against the science of biotechnology”.

“Through their luddite destruction of scientific trials Greenpeace have reduced themselves to a 21st Century equivalent of the flat earth society.”

“Regulatory decisions need to be based on proven science, not on Greenpeace’s deception, falsehoods and half truths”, Mr Cossey concluded.

You don’t see language in media releases like that everyday.

[Photo Courtesy Greenpeace slideshow]

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48 Responses to
CropLife really cross with Greenpeace activists who chopped down their wheat patch
John Moulis 11:13 am 15 Jul 11

Stevian said :

54-11 said :

Good on GP. Australia does not need bullying US multi-nationals taking over our agri-businesses. Companies like News Corp are paragons of ethical virtue compared with Monsanto et al.

+100

Well said. “Monsanto is the Devil” may sound silly, but, unfortunately it’s true

Canberra is probably the only place in Australia where you would get hard core Leftists (or anybody else) supporting this disgusting action by Greenpeace. It is pathetic and embarrassing to see these people trying to defend the indefensible.

Martlark 7:22 pm 14 Jul 11

Well Done Mr Cossey! Greenpeace are more interested in populist stunts than actually working on things that assist the environment. There as never being one rigorously established incident of harm from consuming or producing GM crops any where in the world, even with billions of meals containing it eaten every year.

I-filed 6:46 pm 14 Jul 11

zippyzippy said :

Ah, ok i see you changed it to say “crop life’ now instead of csiro. Crop life appear to be the body representing the agriculture/biotech industry in aust.

CSIRO are in it up to their necks, however.

madamcholet 6:22 pm 14 Jul 11

Yes it s the same Matthew Cossey who worked at the Labor Party and at Raytheon, the weapons manufacturer.

Gerry-Built 6:19 pm 14 Jul 11

Greenpeace are their own worst enemy. This sort of activism will win them no friends from the general public, (many) who would otherwise support the anti-GM stance… Well, except for additional extremists… Vandals. Criminals… They should be treated as such…

Stevian 5:56 pm 14 Jul 11

54-11 said :

Good on GP. Australia does not need bullying US multi-nationals taking over our agri-businesses. Companies like News Corp are paragons of ethical virtue compared with Monsanto et al.

+100

Well said. “Monsanto is the Devil” may sound silly, but, unfortunately it’s true

PM 5:52 pm 14 Jul 11

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Is that the same Matthew Cossey that used to be the secretary of the ACT Labor party???

Yes – the same.

Northwest9 3:08 pm 14 Jul 11

well spoken. i just hope those hippies get a nice healthy fine, and hopefully some public ridicule.

and yeah, petrol whipper snippers. 2 stroke probably. good for the environment. if these hippies were serious they’d have done it with hand tools, you know, the kind society used back in the dark ages, the ages these people want us to return to.

what_the 3:06 pm 14 Jul 11

“It is hypocritical of Greenpeace to demand that governments act on the science of climate change and at the same time demand that government completely ignore and act against the science of biotechnology”.

Zing!!

colourful sydney rac 3:06 pm 14 Jul 11

Is that the same Matthew Cossey that used to be the secretary of the ACT Labor party???

54-11 2:57 pm 14 Jul 11

Good on GP. Australia does not need bullying US multi-nationals taking over our agri-businesses. Companies like News Corp are paragons of ethical virtue compared with Monsanto et al.

zippyzippy 2:32 pm 14 Jul 11

Ah, ok i see you changed it to say “crop life’ now instead of csiro. Crop life appear to be the body representing the agriculture/biotech industry in aust.

johnboy 2:30 pm 14 Jul 11

zippyzippy said :

That’s not the csiro.

clarified, thanks.

zippyzippy 2:26 pm 14 Jul 11

That’s not the csiro.

Peewee Slasher 2:25 pm 14 Jul 11

What was powering those whipper snippers?
I expected push mowers.

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