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Government details new GM trials

16 August 1999

Government details new GM trials

THE Government has published the grid references of four new GM trial sites, giving the precise locations of the fields of oilseed rape…more…

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Government details new GM trials

16 August 1999
Government details new GM trials

By FWi staff

THE Government has published the grid references of four new GM trial sites, giving the precise locations of the fields of oilseed rape.

They are at:

  • Croxby, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire;
  • Spital in the Street, Glentham, Lincolnshire;
  • Screveton, near Bingham, Nottinghamshire; and
  • Piccots End, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.
Grid references were put on to the Internet this afternoon by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions.

Trials will be planted this autumn, although many fear that the publication of their exact whereabouts could lead to more attacks by anti-GM protesters.

Ian Lawrence from the GM unit at the DETR defended the publication, saying that until two years ago, there had been no anti- GM protestors.

He said the European Directive says the location of all GM test sites should be published; “and in the UK, we have interpreted that as a six-figure grid reference.”

Mr Lawrence said that the government would not be giving the farmers of these sites any protection, and that it would be up to them to take their own precautions.

But he claimed that the government wanted to be open and honest about these sites. By keeping the locations a secret, it would be denying the general public its rights.

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