26 May 1998
Protestors squat in a field of GM beet

ENVIRONMENTAL activists are squatting in a field of genetically modified (GM) sugar-beet outside Norwich, in East Anglia, and plan to stay there for a month.

The eco-warriors said the decision to squat was the first of many protests against an estimated 300 GM test sites in Britain.

The crop itself has already been dug up by a previous band of protestors. The new group of activists intend to send the crop back to Novartis Seeds, the company growing the sugar-beet and renting the land from Crown Point Farms.

Environmentalists have destroyed seven test sites in Britain and Ireland. Last week, a Wiltshire farmer refused Monsanto, the US chemical company, permission to test genetically modified oil seed rape on his property until concerns were answered.

  • The Guardian 25/05/98 page 5
  • The Scotsman 25/05/98