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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 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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Greenpeace on why they chopped down the CSIRO wheat patch
kite1235 2:25 pm 14 Jul 11

This reminds me of the scene in “The Sheep Look Up” when the radical “Trainites” accidentally bomb the activist/scientist who founded their own movement and is trying to save them and mankind. I am doing work with computers using silicon chips to make advanced products to help us face future energy issues… Will some ignorant person break into my office and destroy my work in the name of what, chip manufacturing is evil? The wheat probably was developed to withstand heat and drought…. get it? Sorry for the researchers who have to start all over now. It’s both sadly amusing and terrifying to see the right side of politics driving up fear through false statements and the left or green side destroying the science we are developing to help. Also reminds me of the people who got upset with me when I was studying atomic and nuclear physics, as if by understanding how the physical world worked would make me into some bomb loving Dr Strangelove.

Erg0 2:21 pm 14 Jul 11

zippyzippy said :

Rather than listing insults, i’d be interested to know what everyone thinks about the claims greenpeace are making about the trials and gm (I just read the link above). Directors from a monsanto distributor sitting on the csiro board etc. ? I had not heard of that and it does make you wonder. Biotech co’s have a pretty sordid history.

As far as I can tell (http://www.csiro.au/org/Board.html), this is no longer the case. Even so, it’s drawing a pretty long bow to jump from “two shared board members” to “massive conspiracy to poison the populace for profit”. The rest of the CSIRO board are some pretty smart folks, and I don’t imagine that they’d roll over quite so easily at the promise of a few bucks.

p1 2:20 pm 14 Jul 11

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.

While I can see that this is a matter of opinion, it also seems to be pretty close to libel.

miz 2:19 pm 14 Jul 11

Well I certainly don’t want to eat GM. I stay well away from canola now you can’t tell what’s what.

puggy 2:12 pm 14 Jul 11

Thoroughly Smashed said :

zippyzippy said :

Rather than listing insults, i’d be interested to know what everyone thinks about the claims greenpeace are making about the trials and gm (I just read the link above). Directors from a monsanto distributor sitting on the csiro board etc. ? I had not heard of that and it does make you wonder. Biotech co’s have a pretty sordid history.

If true, it doesn’t surprise me given the way that CSIRO has been pushed into soliciting more and more private funding over the years.

Possibly dodgy, but it’s public knowledge and doesn’t mean they can do whatever they want.

puggy 2:10 pm 14 Jul 11

“…secret genetically modified wheat trial…” my bit fat hairy arse. The location and type of all trial sites is a matter of public knowledge. It’s freely available to anyone that cares to make themselves, you know, not look like an idiot.

The thing is, I’m a bit wary of some GM stuff (like Monsanto making crops that don’t seed so that farmers have to buy the seed again) and can respect their opposition. What I can’t respect is complete misinformation and poor tactics.

Anyway, what sort of “concerned parent” feeds their kid plain white bread?!

Thoroughly Smashed 2:03 pm 14 Jul 11

zippyzippy said :

Rather than listing insults, i’d be interested to know what everyone thinks about the claims greenpeace are making about the trials and gm (I just read the link above). Directors from a monsanto distributor sitting on the csiro board etc. ? I had not heard of that and it does make you wonder. Biotech co’s have a pretty sordid history.

If true, it doesn’t surprise me given the way that CSIRO has been pushed into soliciting more and more private funding over the years.

Thoroughly Smashed 1:58 pm 14 Jul 11

Thoroughly Smashed said :

GM wheat is not safe[citation needed]

Hmm. That came up looking just right in the preview box, but the <sup> tag appears to have been stripped when it was posted. Gah.

zippyzippy 1:57 pm 14 Jul 11

Rather than listing insults, i’d be interested to know what everyone thinks about the claims greenpeace are making about the trials and gm (I just read the link above). Directors from a monsanto distributor sitting on the csiro board etc. ? I had not heard of that and it does make you wonder. Biotech co’s have a pretty sordid history.

Thoroughly Smashed 1:53 pm 14 Jul 11

GM wheat is not safe[citation needed]

neanderthalsis 1:43 pm 14 Jul 11

Greenpeace obviously don’t give a rats @rse about food security. High yield crops will be necessary if we’re going to feed an ever growing world population, unless greenpeace suggests we embark on a rqapid depopulation program.

These daft bints should be locked up for a very long time.

Erg0 1:43 pm 14 Jul 11

So let me get this straight: they destroyed wheat intended for use in trials (i.e. testing) because it hadn’t been tested enough? I’m pretty sure that CSIRO wasn’t intending to force-feed the wheat to this individual’s (took me 3 edits to get down to that) children, so I don’t particularly see what it has to do with her. Good to see that Greenpeace aren’t above the old appeal to mother’s instinct, though.

Hot tip: As is often the case, the best way to avoid being treated like an idiot is not to be one.

grump 1:37 pm 14 Jul 11

what a self important twat – throw the book at them

troll-sniffer 1:34 pm 14 Jul 11

” “I’m sick of being treated like a dumb Mum who doesn’t understand the science.”

Oh lordie lordie dearie dearie me, and presumably she cannot see the irony of it all.

These people enjoy the same voting rights too.

qbngeek 1:34 pm 14 Jul 11

I have a feeling Mrs McCabe will get a visit from the AFP today. Throw the bloody book at her.

These loonies ahould explain to us all how they intend to feed the world without GM crops,

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