07 June 1999
Farmers set to abandon crops trials

Farmers growing genetically modified (GM) crops on trial are considering abandoning the experiments because eco-activists who attack their farms keep ruining conventional crops by mistake, according to a report in The Independent.

Farmers and biotechnology companies say that in a third of cases activists tear up test versions of new conventional crops instead of GM ones.

The newspaper reports that activists have torn up crops at dozens of the 300-plus sites around the country conducting GM tests. But they have failed to stop any trials.

Last week CPV Twyford, of Thriplow, Cambridgeshire, became the first company to quit testing, saying attacks on fields of trial crops were costing it thousands of pounds.

  • The Independent 07/06/99 page 11