Greenpeace on why they chopped down the CSIRO wheat patch

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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Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 9:25 pm 14 Jul 11

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.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 8:03 pm 14 Jul 11

zippyzippy said :

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.

That’s the thing about CSIRO that you seem wilfully ignorant of…
The name is short for Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, and neither politicians, career public servants, researchers and scientists aren’t the greatest at exploiting commercial opportunities or determining industrial applications for the outputs of scientific progress.

Hence the need for involving industry and people who have successfully turned research into profit.
And the Australian public both own the intellectual property and get to benefit.
(Own a mobile phone or use wifi? Thank the CSIRO. Use Aerogard? CSIRO. The plastic money in your pocket, which we license to other governments? CSIRO.)

what_the what_the 7:59 pm 14 Jul 11

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

Mysteryman Mysteryman 7:36 pm 14 Jul 11

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.

PM PM 6:30 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.

Who doesn’t have a sordid history?

Mr Waffle Mr Waffle 5:42 pm 14 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.”

I’m suddenly reminded of that Law & Order episode about the mother who refused to to get her child vaccinated against some childhood disease (because she was sick of being treated as a dumb mum who didn’t understand the science and her family’s health was just too important) and then that kid spread the disease to other kids who died… but it was her right and her opinion was more important than doctors etc so she didn’t feel guilty at all.

I’m sure there’s an important lesson to learn there but I’m too busy facepalming at how these people say it’s dangerous because not enough research has been done but then go and destroy said research…

G-Fresh G-Fresh 5:28 pm 14 Jul 11

Looks like she’s eaten a few too many slices from that video also

G-Fresh G-Fresh 5:26 pm 14 Jul 11

Heather McCabe

Office Manager at Greenepace

http://au.linkedin.com/pub/heather-mccabe/19/12/83b

“I’m a Greenepeacer”

Henry82 Henry82 5:21 pm 14 Jul 11

This makes me angry.

I wish police could occasionally do the ‘back alley beatdowns’ for people like this.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 4:59 pm 14 Jul 11

“Activist and Mother Heather McCabe…”
They quote from their Sydney office manager?

Nobody significant around to make a statement?

Also, if you think commercially exploitable scientific experimentation has potential for unethical behaviour, the CSIRO are the people you -want- at the forefront of it.
Commerically explotable patents, market dominance through utility, organisational control leveraged by public policy, etc…

The Frots The Frots 4:35 pm 14 Jul 11

What’s next …………….people saying Climate Change is real?

The Greens acted like cowardly thugs today. They broke into a place in the dark of night (or early morning as is the case) and destroyed property. 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?

If they have an issue, run a campaign without destructive actions. Let’s then look at it. Otherwise, their actions will adversely affect the Greens Party (I know, they aren’t allegedly related but) and so it should.

Gismondo Gismondo 4:04 pm 14 Jul 11

Oh dear

On one hand i find myself saying “Go Sea Shepherd..kick jap butt” but then they go and do this. I guess losing a small trial crop wont slow progress too much and now there can be more public debate.

perhaps QANDA can tear itself away from climate change and refugee issues for an episode.

p1 p1 3:19 pm 14 Jul 11

what_the said :

….CSIRO isnt starting a GM wheat forcefeeding program in her loungeroom.

I bet they are considering a GM Hemlock force feeding program though.

Northwest9 Northwest9 3:18 pm 14 Jul 11

its funny these idiots going on about evil monsanto “owning” the grain.

thats been happening for years, a small royalty is paid to the company that develops new strains of wheat, when the crop is harvested.

when i was a kid, the varieties were dollarbird, diamond bird etc, now its katana and longreach etc.

these varieties have been bred to increase their yeild, resist rust and bunt and other diseases, and have better frost resistance, same as breeding the best bull with the best cows to get the best calves.

problem is the hippies have just taken the “evil corperation” approach, and shoved thier heads up their own arses, rather than do any research in to the actual system

sadly natural selection wont have a chance to eradicate these idiots, as the science they hate so much has led to the medical advancements that allow these idiots to live long healthy lives

Erg0 Erg0 3:15 pm 14 Jul 11

Snoman said :

The CSIRO can learn from this, it’s just another thing they need to make the GM crops resistant against, can’t be that hard

To misquote someone or other: The trouble with idiot-proofing is that nature keeps building better idiots.

Snoman Snoman 2:59 pm 14 Jul 11

The CSIRO can learn from this, it’s just another thing they need to make the GM crops resistant against, can’t be that hard

what_the what_the 2:59 pm 14 Jul 11

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

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 2:54 pm 14 Jul 11

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.

Snoman Snoman 2:54 pm 14 Jul 11

Grail said :

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

Yeah but it’s easier and more marketable to make GM crops than to get everyone to stop procreating

what_the what_the 2:53 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.

This is the problem with Greenpeace actions like this. Instead of discussing the matter they’re concerned about and bringing it to the attention of the public, they do something idiotic and the debate revolves around the idiots instead of the subject matter. Using your family as an excuse is idiotic, as CSIRO isnt starting a GM wheat forcefeeding program in her loungeroom.

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