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

johnboy 14 July 2011 48

greenpeace crop massacre

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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Erg0 Erg0 4:26 pm 19 Jul 11

madamcholet said :

Noticed this in the SMH today – a missive from chefs about GM wheat. Chefs versus agricultural industry…

http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/genetically-modified-wheat-has-no-place-on-the-menu-20110718-1hlhq.html

The phrase “whether or not you agree with their methods” seems to have become code for “I agree with their methods, but it would be imprudent to say that aloud”.

madamcholet madamcholet 3:08 pm 19 Jul 11

Noticed this in the SMH today – a missive from chefs about GM wheat. Chefs versus agricultural industry…

http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/genetically-modified-wheat-has-no-place-on-the-menu-20110718-1hlhq.html

Classified Classified 9:30 am 18 Jul 11

Tooks said :

Classified said :

Tooks said :

Classified said :

johnboy said :

In what fantasy world is canberra the only part of australia where support for greenpeace can be found.

If you hate it so much here mate the highway beckons.

All due respect JB, but that’s not what he said.

Yes it is:

“Canberra is probably the only place in Australia where you would get hard core Leftists (or anybody else) supporting this disgusting action by Greenpeace.”

Disagree. What JB said was that greenpeace had support outside Canberra (which it does). The original comment related to THIS ACTION, not greenpeace in general. Perhaps you go go back and re-read.

Either way, his original comment was inaccurate and stupid.

I was just in a pedantic mood.

Tooks Tooks 7:59 am 18 Jul 11

Classified said :

Tooks said :

Classified said :

johnboy said :

In what fantasy world is canberra the only part of australia where support for greenpeace can be found.

If you hate it so much here mate the highway beckons.

All due respect JB, but that’s not what he said.

Yes it is:

“Canberra is probably the only place in Australia where you would get hard core Leftists (or anybody else) supporting this disgusting action by Greenpeace.”

Disagree. What JB said was that greenpeace had support outside Canberra (which it does). The original comment related to THIS ACTION, not greenpeace in general. Perhaps you go go back and re-read.

Either way, his original comment was inaccurate and stupid.

Classified Classified 7:40 am 18 Jul 11

Tooks said :

Classified said :

johnboy said :

In what fantasy world is canberra the only part of australia where support for greenpeace can be found.

If you hate it so much here mate the highway beckons.

All due respect JB, but that’s not what he said.

Yes it is:

“Canberra is probably the only place in Australia where you would get hard core Leftists (or anybody else) supporting this disgusting action by Greenpeace.”

Disagree. What JB said was that greenpeace had support outside Canberra (which it does). The original comment related to THIS ACTION, not greenpeace in general. Perhaps you go go back and re-read.

madamcholet madamcholet 2:54 pm 17 Jul 11

vg said :

madamcholet said :

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

So in your world he should be employed for life with the 1 employer….and what else do Raytheon make. Will make it easy, check their homepage

I didn’t really have a point to make – A) just answering the question about is it the same MC who worked for the Labor Party, B) adding more information and C) perhaps making the point that they are all guns for hire at the end of the day and that the word of one person from one organisation is always going to be the party line. Maybe we should consider all information before making a judgement.

dr phil dr phil 7:47 am 17 Jul 11

GP must have a good OH&S policy. Look at the PPE. SAFETY FIRST. Gone are the days of the 60’s were the person would have been in a bandanna, singlet top torn jeans and holding a peace sign.

vg vg 12:00 am 17 Jul 11

madamcholet said :

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

So in your world he should be employed for life with the 1 employer….and what else do Raytheon make. Will make it easy, check their homepage

Watson Watson 3:33 pm 16 Jul 11

I-filed said :

Food security would be provided by humankind treating meat as more of a luxury and eating more grain food – in which case there would be no need to take the risk of GM crops.

While I don’t support the GM craze, I don’t agree that this will help the starvin’ Marvins of this world much either.

puggy puggy 3:19 pm 16 Jul 11

I-filed said :

AND, where was the consultation with the ACT populace, as to whether we wanted this experiment in the Inner North? Bad call, CSIRO. Bad call, ACT Labor. Bad call, feds.

You have good points before you prattle on about lack of consultation. Public consultation is carried out before a licence for any GM trial is granted. All information for current and past trial sites is publicly available and they will even tell you which gene they are fudging. Sure, they don’t come and knock on your door and ask you personally, but for those that actually care enough to make themselves aware, the information is out there. Same with development proposals and the like.

Monsanto, who no one has yet properly and factually linked to this experiment, need a leash on them and have done since the ’60s, but it’s doing my noodle to hear utter crapola about “secret” this and “conspiracy” that. There are ways to campaign for what you want instead of launching illegal actions that are based on lies and ironically, risk causing the spread of untested GM crops.

I-filed I-filed 2:13 pm 16 Jul 11

Food security would be provided by humankind treating meat as more of a luxury and eating more grain food – in which case there would be no need to take the risk of GM crops. The record of GM is abysmal – look at south Asia, where traditional crops were replaced with expensive Monsanto grain on all sorts of yield promises. After a few years the boom in grain production reduced back below the traditional levels, because local grains bred over centuries had been able to withstand the vagaries of weather. Frankencrops turned out to be febrile and vulnerable.
CSIRO is utterly in the pockets of mega agribusiness interests. Again, I applaud Greenpeace and Shane Rattenbury for their actions and cmments re the CSIRO GM wheat experiment.
AND, where was the consultation with the ACT populace, as to whether we wanted this experiment in the Inner North? Bad call, CSIRO. Bad call, ACT Labor. Bad call, feds.

Tooks Tooks 12:46 pm 16 Jul 11

John Moulis said :

Tooks said :

Classified said :

johnboy said :

In what fantasy world is canberra the only part of australia where support for greenpeace can be found.

If you hate it so much here mate the highway beckons.

All due respect JB, but that’s not what he said.

Yes it is:

“Canberra is probably the only place in Australia where you would get hard core Leftists (or anybody else) supporting this disgusting action by Greenpeace.”

I stand by my comments, and the reaction by JB, Tooks and the rest only reinforce what I said.

That’s because you’re an idiot. I don’t support this vandalism by Greenpeace one iota.

Watson Watson 12:19 pm 16 Jul 11

satyr said :

These companies can’t win. They develop GM crops that have the potential to provide food security for millions. People raise legitimate concerns that these crops could out-compete native crops and reduce genetic diversity. The US Department of Agriculture invents terminator technology that stops these plants from producing viable seeds, and people go nuts claiming that an evil corporate conspiracy is trying to stop them from resowing seed.

I know it’s not fair to lump all environmentalists in the same boat. Some environmentalists are pragmatic. Many do fantastic work. The Franklin River Dam protests and the recent grand bargain to preserve forests in Tasmania spring to mind. However, blanket opposition to safe technology such as GM food is honestly, retarded. These are the kind of people who eat organic vegetables (which are inefficiently produced, and cause more environmental damage that mass produced vegetables) and who support inefficient government schemes (cash for clunkers, roof top solar panels) that create perverse outcomes and increase emissions.

Even if we assume that the biotech corporations are doing this for the good of humankind, how are poor farmers in Africa going to fund buying new seed every season? Even if they get better crops out of it, they can still have failed crops because of drought and then they not only lose their crop but also their significant financial investment. And how will a small-scale farmer find the funds to even start his expensive first GM crops? Won’t it encourage corporate-style farming and push the little guys further into poverty? It just doesn’t strike me as a very well thought-out plan?

I have other reservations, but I don’t think anyone here is really interested in them. Too many posts referring to scientists as if they are national heroes and should never be criticised. While I wonder how many of us ever read anything but “popular science” articles. Science is a valuable tool, if used in the right way. But with the amount of research that goes on globally, I fear we often can’t see the wood for trees. That counts for both sides in this case. I don’t believe that the GP activists are necessarily following the “right science” either. At least they definitely didn’t come up with any convincing arguments that they are.

satyr satyr 11:53 am 16 Jul 11

These companies can’t win. They develop GM crops that have the potential to provide food security for millions. People raise legitimate concerns that these crops could out-compete native crops and reduce genetic diversity. The US Department of Agriculture invents terminator technology that stops these plants from producing viable seeds, and people go nuts claiming that an evil corporate conspiracy is trying to stop them from resowing seed.

I know it’s not fair to lump all environmentalists in the same boat. Some environmentalists are pragmatic. Many do fantastic work. The Franklin River Dam protests and the recent grand bargain to preserve forests in Tasmania spring to mind. However, blanket opposition to safe technology such as GM food is honestly, retarded. These are the kind of people who eat organic vegetables (which are inefficiently produced, and cause more environmental damage that mass produced vegetables) and who support inefficient government schemes (cash for clunkers, roof top solar panels) that create perverse outcomes and increase emissions.

madamcholet madamcholet 11:37 am 16 Jul 11

The Frots said :

madamcholet said :

I don’t condone what GP have done at all – not a good look and smacks of having no argument. However it does frustrate me that large organisations such as the international chemical companies can use their power and resources to suggest that their information is the only correct information and that by virtue of that, orgs like GP must be wrong. “Industry bodies” can sometimes be guns for hire and will say what their members want them to. I’m not sure that we do know all that we need to about GM produce, but the fact is, the organically grown produce that the greenies want to see will not feed the world.

Flick over and google a group called the ‘Bilderburg Group’. Interesting.

Great, thanks for that – I’ve heard about this group before – a few years ago now – found it really interesting and then prompt;y forgot their name.

John Moulis John Moulis 11:32 am 16 Jul 11

Tooks said :

Classified said :

johnboy said :

In what fantasy world is canberra the only part of australia where support for greenpeace can be found.

If you hate it so much here mate the highway beckons.

All due respect JB, but that’s not what he said.

Yes it is:

“Canberra is probably the only place in Australia where you would get hard core Leftists (or anybody else) supporting this disgusting action by Greenpeace.”

I stand by my comments, and the reaction by JB, Tooks and the rest only reinforce what I said.

Kalfour Kalfour 10:40 am 16 Jul 11

The Frots said :

Kalfour said :

Martlark said :

There as never being one rigorously established incident of harm from consuming or producing GM crops any where in the world…

Actually there have. Nobody has had any serious health issues from GM (that I know of), but there have been plenty of cases of crops being bred to be pesticide/herbicide resistant and then going feral. If they’re too hardy, they become weeds.

That being said, I don’t believe that Greenpeace acted sensibly, or in their best interests in this particular case. It does sound as though these crops were being well regulated, and the chance of them going feral was pretty minimal.

Going feral……….? Are we talking ‘Day of the Trifids’ feral or “there’s a weed in the pot plant, honey” feral………..????

The latter I would think. But ready your shot guns, giant whipper-snippers and flamethrowers just in case.

Kalfour Kalfour 10:39 am 16 Jul 11

buzz819 said :

Kalfour said :

Martlark said :

There as never being one rigorously established incident of harm from consuming or producing GM crops any where in the world…

Actually there have. Nobody has had any serious health issues from GM (that I know of), but there have been plenty of cases of crops being bred to be pesticide/herbicide resistant and then going feral. If they’re too hardy, they become weeds.

That being said, I don’t believe that Greenpeace acted sensibly, or in their best interests in this particular case. It does sound as though these crops were being well regulated, and the chance of them going feral was pretty minimal.

Well there wasn’t much of a chance, I’m looking at how they “destroyed” the crop. There would have been debris, seed and everything flying everywhere.

What I want to know is there any immediate concerns if those seeds get released into the natural environment, if there is what problems would that cause?

That’s a really good point actually!

Tooks Tooks 9:13 am 16 Jul 11

Classified said :

johnboy said :

In what fantasy world is canberra the only part of australia where support for greenpeace can be found.

If you hate it so much here mate the highway beckons.

All due respect JB, but that’s not what he said.

Yes it is:

“Canberra is probably the only place in Australia where you would get hard core Leftists (or anybody else) supporting this disgusting action by Greenpeace.”

Felix the Cat Felix the Cat 9:07 am 16 Jul 11

Wouldn’t it be ironic if they had sprayed the crop with Roundup instead!

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