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Cambridge Evening News – GMO Protest Coverage – Letters and Votes Needed

goodfood | 04.07.2007 22:47 | Ecology | Cambridge

Its time to show GM must go!...

Following the protest on 1st July against the Cambridge GM potatoes (see newswire), where to campaigners were arrested, Cambridge Evening News has run a story titled ‘GM crop Protest brings court fine’ and a short opinion peace against direct action.

If you live in the Cambridge area please write in support of the campaigners and expressing your concerns about GM foods.

Also the paper is running a poll regarding the issue on there web site, we need to show that the public is against GM, so please vote!

See to vote, then click ‘contact’ for e-mail and postal address.




05.07.2007 18:30

This is the actual article refered to, which is pretty good coverage for the protesters.


DEFIANT protesters involved in a demonstration against the growing of genetically modified crops have appeared in court following incidents at a GM test site in Cambridge at the weekend.

David Cole, from Devon, was fined £85 with £75 costs at the city's magistrates' court after admitting a charge of criminal damage following his arrest for removing crop labels from potatoes at the NIAB site off Huntingdon Road.

Asked if he planned to carry on protesting, the photographer told District Judge Ken Sheraton he would "continue if it needed to be done."

After the case, the 26-year-old commented: "I drove all the way up from Devon because this is a very serious issue. Growing GM crops is completely unnecessary and unjustified. We already have organically produced potatoes which are blight-resistant. It doesn't take a child to work out this trial has ulterior motives."

A second protester, who has been campaigning against GM crops for 10 years, denied damaging a security fence during Sunday's protest.

Martin Shaw, 42, from Oxford, will stand trial later this summer but is adamant he will not comply with any penalties levelled at him over the issue of GM crops.

"Their fence is about as secure as their technology - the first bit of pressure and it collapses," he commented.

The protesters, who travelled from all over the country to try to enter the site - Britain's only test site of GM crops - claim the flowers will spread GM pollution into the Cambridgeshire countryside.

Shaw added: "These potatoes are flowering now, spreading GM pollution into the environment in Cambridgeshire and beyond.

"The damage this will do can never be reversed. The GM genie cannot be put back into the bottle."

jim jay

where's the vote?

06.07.2007 00:13

drifting voter