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Eco-warriors get Devon GM crop at last

04 August 1998
Eco-warriors get Devon GM crop — at last

THE genetically-modified (GM) maize crop at the centre of last months landmark court battle has been ripped up by eco-warriors.

Another, supposedly unrelated, group of protesters destroyed the wrong area of the same test site last week …more…

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Eco-warriors get Devon GM crop at last

04 August 1998
Eco-warriors get Devon GM crop — at last

By Boyd Champness

THE genetically-modified (GM) maize crop at the centre of last months landmark court battle has been ripped up by eco-warriors.

Pressure group, Genetic Engineering Network, said a group of about 30 “concerned citizens” converged on the GM trial site at Buckfastleigh, Devon, at 8pm last night and destroyed the crop.

A spokeswoman for GEN said: “There have been 12 people arrested over the incident so far and there are unconfirmed rumours that police intend to hold them for 24 hours, which is pretty outrageous.”

The crop in question was at the centre of a controversial court case last month when leading organic farmer Guy Watson lost his Court of Appeal bid to stop the GM maize being grown next to his farm.

Mr Watson argued that the GM maize crop adjacent to his farm could cross-pollinate with his own organic corn crop, costing him up to £20,000 in lost income. But the three judges presiding over the case ruled unanimously that they had no authority to order the destruction of the GM crop.

It now appears eco-warriors have settled the dispute once and for all. Another, supposedly unrelated, group of protesters destroyed the wrong area of the same test site last week.

The trial was being run by the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) on behalf of the Sharpes International Seeds.

  • GM protestors destroy wrong crop, FWi, 28 July
  • Court battle over GM crop to go on, FWi, July 22
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