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Greenpeace on why they chopped down the CSIRO wheat patch

By johnboy - 14 July 2011 50

GM wheat being whipp snippered

Despite police interest Greenpeace are proclaiming their actions this morning hacking down the CSIRO’s genetically modified wheat crop which we had publicised back in June.

Greenpeace activists, including one mother who wants to protect her family, have stopped a GM wheat experiment outside Canberra this morning.

Three women used whipper snippers to remove a controversial genetically modified (GM) wheat crop before day break.

The activists constructed a decontamination area to safely dispose of the untested and potentially unstable GM organisms.

The activity follows the revelation that Australia’s peak scientific body, CSIRO, is conducting the world’s first human feeding trials of GM wheat, without adequate safety testing.

“This GM wheat should never have left the lab,” said activist and mother, Heather McCabe. “I’m sick of being treated like a dumb Mum who doesn’t understand the science. As far as I’m concerned, my family’s health is just too important. GM wheat is not safe, and if the government can’t protect the safety of my family, then I will.”

They’ve got a video explaining their motivations too:

UPDATE: Greenpeace have added an FAQ.

Also there’s a slideshow

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Mysteryman 10:32 am 18 Jul 11

what_the said :

Mysteryman said :

what_the said :

neanderthalsis said :

Grail said :

And now to address the elephant in the room: there is no problem with food shortage. We don’t need higher-yielding crops to provide the food the growing population needs. We don’t need more innovative ways of recycling water to provide Australian cities with “water security” in the face of rising population.

There is a problem with a population growing out of control.

I think there is a few million starvin marvins in the horn of Africa that may disagree.

Yes, a few million that have been told they’ll burn in hell for using contraception

Wow. Just… really? You’re trying to turn this into a anti-religion argument? Pathetic.

I hope the people responsible for this vandalism are caught and punished.

This was to do about the elephant in the room – over-population and food shortages. Food shortages aren’t a problem in Australia, however it’s definitely a problem in developing countries and it’s definitely linked to over-population, of which Catholicism is spreading with one of the main teachings being that contraception is against gods will. If you dont think Catholicism has a part to play in this you’re deluded. It plays a part in overpopulation and in the spread of AIDS.

And if you doubt the rise in Catholicism in Africa – straight from the horses mouth.
The explosion of Catholicism in sub-Saharan Africa during the 20th century ranks among the greatest missionary success stories in church history. From a Catholic population of 1.9 million in 1900, the total for sub-Saharan African mushroomed to 139 million in 2000, a staggering growth rate of 6,70 percent. Moreover, almost half of the adult baptisms in global Catholicism occur in Africa, meaning that the growth of the church has been driven not merely by overall demographic trends but also by success in attracting new converts.
http://ncronline.org/node/12233

And this is the kind of crap they spout:
We’re told by the mass media that condom distribution is the solution to the AIDS crisis in Africa and that the Catholic Church is standing in the way of that effort. The research, however, contradicts that view.
and this
You see, the pro-condom lobby’s exaggerations over the effectiveness of its product is actually making the problem worse, for one simple reason: Condoms provide a false sense of security to those who use them. Being convinced of their effectiveness and feeling invulnerable, users will simply continue — or actually increase — their high-risk behavior. In this way, the claimed 90% effectiveness rate plummets in proportion to the increase in self-destructive behavior. This phenomenon is borne out in the countries that focus on condom distribution to fight the disease.

But while condoms clearly won’t solve the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa (or anywhere else), there is an approach that will: abstinence. Indeed, in African nations — where HIV/AIDS is transmitted almost exclusively through sexual contact — abstinence is the obvious solution.
http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/facts/fm0045.html

Wow! What a rant! You’ve essentially gone straight from point A to potato in that little spiel.

If you view nations by population density, Africa as a continent has a far lower population density than Europe or Asia. Perhaps you’ve heard of India and China? The two most populous nations on earth? Neither subscribe to Catholicism. In fact, China is essentially an atheist nation. So why are there food shortages in Africa – a place with only a moderate population density? I think if you cared to look at the reality of the situation you’d see that decades of war is the primary reason for the food shortage, followed by a lack of adequate infrastructure/farm lands.

neanderthalsis 11:34 am 17 Jul 11

what_the said :

Mysteryman said :

what_the said :

neanderthalsis said :

Grail said :

Evil Catholic conspiratorial nonsense …

Interestingly, population growth in North-Eastern Africa has plateaued over the last few decades, a constant cycle of war and drought have kept numbers down; the Horn having an average growth of 1.5% as opposed to the almost 4% in southern and western Africa. Also, the growth of Catholicism has mainly been in sub-Saharan Africa, not in the predominantly Islamic north.

ma7trlb 11:14 am 15 Jul 11

pretty sure her family’s healthy will suffer while she spends ten years at the AMC…

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/ca191482/s29.html

luther_bendross 10:36 am 15 Jul 11

ATTN Heather McCabe: neither “activist” nor “mother” are professions, that’s why you don’t get paid for them.

ATTN Greenpeace: If you don’t like science, go find a cave somewhere and start evolving all by yourselves. Don’t go using 2 stroke petrol whipper snippers and proclaiming your success on the potentially unsafe internet when you’ve deliberately destroyed a genuine attempt at progress.

You can all piss off. Go have a shower and get your kids vaccinated.

Watson 10:28 am 15 Jul 11

While I agree that it was a silly action and the “won’t somebody think of the children” screaming mother really doesn’t help their cause, I am suspicious of scientists being involved in something that could result in most food crops being patented. Which I do not believe is in the best interest of the poor and could could be in the same category as the band-aid solution food distributions they’re getting now.

I had an ethics lecturer at uni 20+ years ago who used to argue often that “science is becoming the new religion”. Didn’t really think about it much as a dumb 18yo, but I totally get what he meant now.

You would think that GP would’ve been able to think of a more creative way of highlighting the issues though. And that they could’ve at least found a spokesperson who’d be able to come up with some rational arguments beyond “it’s not safe”.

shadow boxer 9:47 am 15 Jul 11

I’m guessing there’s a few of the selfish “you’re not immunising my child” in there as well.

ConanOfCooma 9:00 am 15 Jul 11

So let me get this straight…

The CSIRO were testing this GM crop to see if it was safe.

CSIRO had yet to confirm safety status of GM crop.

Greenpeace came in and destroyed it because they want to protect their families from unsafe GM crops.

CSIRO cannot test the GM crop as it has been destroyed.

Greenpeace still do not know if the GM crop in question was unsafe.

It seems to me that Greenpeace is full of exactly that – Dumb Mums. The same kind of people that jumped on the “BAN ALL LIVE EXPORT!” bandwagon, and a few from the “MUSLIMS AREN’T PEOPLE” crew.

Here’s a funny point to consider! Nature modifies genes all the time, but you don’t go and protest against that bitch, do you? Gene manipulation in medical sciene is making progress in leaps and bounds, but Greenpeace isn’t potesting against that! It’s like pro-life people that drive cars…

The Frots 8:52 am 15 Jul 11

Gerry-Built said :

The Frots said :

Great effort – not!

The CSIRO, like them or not ( and I am a great fan I must say), are providing valuable research for a variety of things – including sustainablility issues that will impact globally. Yet these morons choose to go and destroy that work? Why?

…especially considering the crops were all of about 4 inches high (from the GP photos). What are the chances CropLife doesn’t have large quantities of these seeds prepared? Sure it’ll put them behind – but they’ll just plant out more.

This sort of action just gives GP a bad rep.

Oh – GM isn’t the same as selective breeding or cross-pollination, BTW.

Cheers GerryB – and I agree with you.

Thumper 8:28 am 15 Jul 11

““I’m sick of being treated like a dumb Mum who doesn’t understand the science. As far as I’m concerned, my family’s health is just too important.”

You’re a dumb mum who just ensured that I never again donate to your cause again.

As such, and in my case, I guess whales are the big losers.

Thank you greenpeace, you bunch of sanctimonious muppets.

Snoman 12:04 am 15 Jul 11

what_the said :

This was to do about the elephant in the room – over-population and food shortages. Food shortages aren’t a problem in Australia, however it’s definitely a problem in developing countries and it’s definitely linked to over-population, of which Catholicism is spreading with one of the main teachings being that contraception is against gods will.

Jeez dude, you just spewed it out bleeerrrrggghhh totally the mother in the video above (despite the fact that it stinks of, albeit internal, self-promotion) seems to believe that her own preference to provide her family with “safe, healthy food” outweighs the demand of many, many, many, many, MANY, MANY other mothers around the world’s preference to provide their family with just “food”, I don’t think they mind if it’s GM.

Broadening a discussion is awesome when it makes sense, as in this case when some activists blinded by the ignorance of Chardonnay Liberalism seem to have done something fairly awful against what could have (no one knows what Monsanto & Co.’s undoubtedly evil plans were) been a mutually progressive cause, both for ethical marketeers and hungry horny Africans alike.

Yeah overpopulation is the elephant in the room, but it’s comfy and it ain’t movin bud, industry’s feeding it and hiding the mounds of problems it’s causing, soz.

Btw if this post is bollock blame the Kingo’s Long Island Ice teas, man they’re good.

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