Farmers set to abandon crops trials

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

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

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