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GM trial locations revealed

28 May 1999
GM trial locations revealed

LOCATIONS of the governments seven farm-scale trials of genetically modified crops have been announced by the the Supply Chain Initiative for Modified Agricultural Crops …more…


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GM trial locations revealed

28 May 1999
GM trial locations revealed

By FWi staff

LOCATIONS of the governments seven farm-scale trials of genetically modified crops have been announced by the the Supply Chain Initiative for Modified Agricultural Crops (SCIMAC).

Trials of spring rape will take place at farms in Hannington, Wiltshire; Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire; and Shirburn, Oxfordshire.

Forage maize trials will be held at Spital-in-the-Street, Lincolnshire; Lyng, Norfolk; Mortimer, Berkshire; and Harpenden, Hertfordshire.

Further trials of winter crops will begin later in the year at undisclosed locations.

Meanwhile, plant breeder Svalof Weibull near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, is thinking of pulling out of the trials after anti-GM campaigners attacked one of their GM trial sites.

Managing director of the company, Christopher Green, said: “What is disheartening was that a lot of time and effort on our conventional material has been wasted.

“We are living within the regulations and trying to derive answers demanded by the public, but the illegal actions of a few has created wanton destruction.”

But protest action has failed to dissuade one Norfolk farmer from publicly declaring his involvement in a field-scale trial of genetically modified maize.

William Brigham, who farms 283ha (700 acres) of land at Lyng, near Norwich, is one of four UK farmers who have agreed to allow an area of land for tests on newly developed GM maize seed.

Mr Brigham said he had decided to “go public” after being told the trial sites location would be disclosed in documents released by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions.

But he hopes that anti-GM activists will not vandalise the test crop or a conventional maize crop, both drilled on six-acre plots which were selected by the biotech firm AgrEvo.

“The only way we are going to get answers to the safety questions which have been raised is to do field-scale trials,” said Mr Brigham.

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GM trial locations revealed

28 May 1999
GM trial locations revealed

LOCATIONS of the governments seven farm-scale trials of genetically modified crops have been announced by the the Supply Chain Initiative for Modified Agricultural Crops …more…


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GM trial locations revealed

28 May 1999
GM trial locations revealed

LOCATIONS of the governments seven farm-scale trials of genetically modified crops have been announced by the the Supply Chain Initiative for Modified Agricultural Crops …more…


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GM trial locations revealed

28 May 1999
GM trial locations revealed

By FWi staff

LOCATIONS of the governments seven farm-scale trials of genetically modified crops have been announced by the the Supply Chain Initiative for Modified Agricultural Crops (SCIMAC).

Trials of spring rape will take place at farms in Hannington, Wiltshire; Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire; and Shirburn, Oxfordshire.

Forage maize trials will be held at Spital-in-the-Street, Lincolnshire; Lyng, Norfolk; Mortimer, Berkshire; and Harpenden, Hampshire.

Further trials of winter crops will begin later in the year at undisclosed locations.

Meanwhile, plant breeder Svalof Weibull near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, is thinking of pulling out of the trials after anti-GM campaigners attacked one of their GM trial sites.

Managing director of the company, Christopher Green, said: “What is disheartening was that a lot of time and effort on our conventional material has been wasted.

“We are living within the regulations and trying to derive answers demanded by the public, but the illegal actions of a few has created wanton destruction.”

But protest action has failed to dissuade one Norfolk farmer from publicly declaring his involvement in a field-scale trial of genetically modified maize.

William Brigham, who farms 283ha (700 acres) of land at Lyng, near Norwich, is one of four UK farmers who have agreed to allow an area of land for tests on newly developed GM maize seed.

Mr Brigham said he had decided to “go public” after being told the trial sites location would be disclosed in documents released by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions.

But he hopes that anti-GM activists will not vandalise the test crop or a conventional maize crop, both drilled on six-acre plots which were selected by the biotech firm AgrEvo.

“The only way we are going to get answers to the safety questions which have been raised is to do field-scale trials,” said Mr Brigham.

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