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Greenpeace chop down the CSIRO’s wheat patch

By johnboy - 14 July 2011 101

The ABC reports that Greenpeace activists have hit the CSIRO’s genetically modified wheat crop here in Canberra:

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.

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Greenpeace chop down the CSIRO’s wheat patch
p1 10:59 am 14 Jul 11

All of my concerns with GM crops have to do with evil corporate multinationals owning our food supply (eg this).

I really like the idea of CSIRO being on the forefront of developing these things, as we have at least a little power (through out elected government etc) over how they market and control the use of anything they develop.

Every time I hear statements about the ethics and evil of genetically modifying organisms, I think of sausage dogs, and sigh.

The Frots 10:55 am 14 Jul 11

Rawhide Kid Part3 said :

The Frots said :

On the ABC with Sollie this morning I heard the Greens Shane Rattenberry say that when he was an active member of the Greenpeace Movement he too was involved in such activities – which, as I understand, would be illegal.

So, if that’s the case……………….WTF is he doing in Parliament?

As for the crops themselves, my knowledge of GM crops is limited. I have no idea whether they are bad, good, carbon loaded or will make me glow in the dark if I consume them. But, really, how bad can they be and what is the CSIRO purpose in developing them (in secrecy apparently).

Can anyone explain such things for a luddite?

The Frots said :

On the ABC with Sollie this morning I heard the Greens Shane Rattenberry say that when he was an active member of the Greenpeace Movement he too was involved in such activities – which, as I understand, would be illegal.

So, if that’s the case……………….WTF is he doing in Parliament?

As for the crops themselves, my knowledge of GM crops is limited. I have no idea whether they are bad, good, carbon loaded or will make me glow in the dark if I consume them. But, really, how bad can they be and what is the CSIRO purpose in developing them (in secrecy apparently).

Can anyone explain such things for a luddite?

Its a bit like how we changed the breed of animals we consume for better production. So GM crops are having there genetic structures changed to produce better crops so to speak. (layman’s terms only DO NOT QUOTE)

Thanks Kid – good summary.

The Frots 10:55 am 14 Jul 11

SSrb said :

Some explanation: http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/2785818.html

Cool – thanks.

Postalgeek 10:54 am 14 Jul 11

There are pros and cons to GM crops. GM crops can be more resilient, remain fresher for longer, and cut down on pesticides. GM crops certainly have the potential to help stave off famine in many regions.

The main contention with GM crops is that its a bit of a pandora’s box. Bacteria and viruses are used to modify some crops and may create new diseases. Spliced GM crops also spread allergies from one food group to another, and GM crops can also upset local biodiversity by altering the food chain.

Food also becomes copyrighted. Hungry nations that grow seed from GM crops without permission are ‘pirating’ it and can face sanctions. The situation isn’t helped by companies applying pressure to replace free heirloom crops with GM crops. Look up Monsanto for further information. Films like Food Inc give you an idea of the negative side of GM crops.

Some of the objections are proven, some only theoretical.

Do I think Greenpeace’s actions are constructive? No. Is the GM industry totally benign? No.

OverLord 10:54 am 14 Jul 11

I always wondered what freaks of nature were being engineered at the dreadfully ominous sounding ‘Ginninderra Experiment Station’.

GM wheat? I am very dissapointed, shame on you evil scientists.

zippyzippy 10:43 am 14 Jul 11

The Frots said :

On the ABC with Sollie this morning I heard the Greens Shane Rattenberry say that when he was an active member of the Greenpeace Movement he too was involved in such activities – which, as I understand, would be illegal.

So, if that’s the case……………….WTF is he doing in Parliament?

As for the crops themselves, my knowledge of GM crops is limited. I have no idea whether they are bad, good, carbon loaded or will make me glow in the dark if I consume them. But, really, how bad can they be and what is the CSIRO purpose in developing them (in secrecy apparently).

Can anyone explain such things for a luddite?

Hey, the law isn’t always right and people in power aren’t always working in the best interests of the majority. I’d say it’s a good thing that someone willing to stand up to that is in our parliament. And if we didn’t have people using civil disobedience all through history, we’d be screwed.

As for the GM issue, just go to greenpeace’s website and look at some of the info. They’re highlighting a serious issue.

And it’s not not quite right to say they’re attacking scientists. They are attacking specific, very dodgy looking partnerships between scientists and big biotech companies like monsanto. In fact you will find that there are many many objective scientists saying there are some big problems with the way we’re going with GM foods.

Thoroughly Smashed 10:37 am 14 Jul 11

StrangeAttractor said :

Wow, this, among other things, has changed my mind about voting Green. I’m with Erg0, prosecution for these tools.

Greenpeace, different organisation.

StrangeAttractor 10:32 am 14 Jul 11

Wow, this, among other things, has changed my mind about voting Green. I’m with Erg0, prosecution for these tools.

Keijidosha 10:25 am 14 Jul 11

If Greenpeace are reading this, I hear that the arboretum is chockas with genetically modified trees.

G-Fresh 10:23 am 14 Jul 11

Yeah let’s f*** on some scientists. Cos they obviously add no value to the human race.

What a bunch of idiots! They grow all kinds of different experimental crops there! I hope they all die of malnourishment. Douche bag greenies.

Thoroughly Smashed 10:21 am 14 Jul 11

Being sympathetic to some of Greenpeace’s campaigns, this just pisses me off. Probably more than if I were simply anti-Greenpeace.

GM plant research isn’t destroying the environment or causing human or animal suffering. There isn’t even an ethics issue like there would be with animal research. Haven’t these jerks got something worthwhile to fight?

Rawhide Kid Part3 10:03 am 14 Jul 11

The Frots said :

On the ABC with Sollie this morning I heard the Greens Shane Rattenberry say that when he was an active member of the Greenpeace Movement he too was involved in such activities – which, as I understand, would be illegal.

So, if that’s the case……………….WTF is he doing in Parliament?

As for the crops themselves, my knowledge of GM crops is limited. I have no idea whether they are bad, good, carbon loaded or will make me glow in the dark if I consume them. But, really, how bad can they be and what is the CSIRO purpose in developing them (in secrecy apparently).

Can anyone explain such things for a luddite?

The Frots said :

On the ABC with Sollie this morning I heard the Greens Shane Rattenberry say that when he was an active member of the Greenpeace Movement he too was involved in such activities – which, as I understand, would be illegal.

So, if that’s the case……………….WTF is he doing in Parliament?

As for the crops themselves, my knowledge of GM crops is limited. I have no idea whether they are bad, good, carbon loaded or will make me glow in the dark if I consume them. But, really, how bad can they be and what is the CSIRO purpose in developing them (in secrecy apparently).

Can anyone explain such things for a luddite?

Its a bit like how we changed the breed of animals we consume for better production. So GM crops are having there genetic structures changed to produce better crops so to speak. (layman’s terms only DO NOT QUOTE)

Erg0 10:03 am 14 Jul 11

What a pack of utter, utter tools. Here’s hoping that prosecution is forthcoming.

SSrb 10:00 am 14 Jul 11
The Frots 9:47 am 14 Jul 11

On the ABC with Sollie this morning I heard the Greens Shane Rattenberry say that when he was an active member of the Greenpeace Movement he too was involved in such activities – which, as I understand, would be illegal.

So, if that’s the case……………….WTF is he doing in Parliament?

As for the crops themselves, my knowledge of GM crops is limited. I have no idea whether they are bad, good, carbon loaded or will make me glow in the dark if I consume them. But, really, how bad can they be and what is the CSIRO purpose in developing them (in secrecy apparently).

Can anyone explain such things for a luddite?

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