GM farm addresses revealed on web
By FWi staff
ENVIRONMENTAL groups have published the addresses of farmers taking part in the governments farm-scale trials of genetically modified crops.
Campaigners from Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth used the internet to reveal the addresses of farmers taking part in the 28 trials during the weekend.
Previously, the government had identified the location of the trial sites only by a six-figure Ordnance Survey grid reference number.
The Friends of the Earth website says: “To the best of our knowledge, these farm addresses are correct.
“It is our opinion that the government should have provided these details… because neighbours and other growers in the vicinity have a right to know.”
The Observer newspaper reported that the groups published the list of the trials “in the expectation that their supporters will attempt to destroy them”.
But the two groups dismisses the accusation that they were encouraging protestors to rip up the GM trials by publishing the addresses of the farmers.
Frank Pennycook, FoE GM trials campaigner, said: “Were encouraging people to persuade the farmers that they dont want these crops grown.”