14 November 2000
Anti-GM group ‘ill-informed’

By FWi staff

ORGANISERS of an international pesticide conference have hit out at the actions of ill-informed demonstrators against genetically modified crops.

Anti-GM protesters laid siege to the Brighton Crop Conference on Monday (13 Nov), defacing posters and briefly disrupting a seminar.

Police drew batons to keep demonstrators out of a hotel hosting the annual meeting of the British Crop Protection Council.

Chris Todd, for organiser BCPC Enterprises: It is that it is a great shame that the conference is being disrupted by a group of people who are possibly ill-informed.

He said first warning of the protest, by what police described as the Brighton Anarchist Group, and came on Nov 4.

A related web-site had mistakenly flagged the conference as being Pro GM Crops, he noted.

It is unfortunate, bearing in mind that the conference has such a wide-based brief, covering the whole range of crop protection including organic farming and integrated crop management, said colleague David Alford.

Mondays events, which also included false fire alarms, interference with a PA system and suspected theft from the press room, was bound to lead to a review of security, said Mr Todd.

We may have to introduce a more positive means of [delegate] identification.