Following massive local and national resistance BASF have stated they will not be conducting the trial near Hull this year. This can be seen as a clear victory for all who opposed the trial. Consequently, the Cambridge site is now the only location in Britain where GM crops are contaminating the countryside... A protest picnic has been organized for the 1st of July. One down, one to go - let's keep Britain GM free!
Come to the Potato Picnic at Girton, Cambridgeshire It's not too late to stop GM spuds - Join us for a walk to see the trial site and a protest picnic. Bring something you'd like to plant! Bring costumes, families, footwear and clothing for a country stroll and your favourite potato-based dish. Starting from Girton Parish Church, Girton, Cambs. 12 Noon, Sunday July 1st.
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Three years ago, the British public won the battle against Genetically Modified (GM) crops being grown in the UK. The British countryside is free of GM crops, and supermarkets and food manufacturers no longer sell products containing GM ingredients.
These monumental victories were the result of a long struggle between the British public and the giant biotech companies. Resistance took many forms: leafleting supermarkets, attending rallies, lobbying farmers, food manufacturers and suppliers, pulling up crops and blockading Sainsbury's depots as they continued to sell foods containing GM animal feed. Across the country people successfully resisted the advance of GM crops in the UK.
Unfortunately, the battle is not quite over... 3 years on, one company is attempting to recommence GM trials in the UK.
This Spring, German based chemical company, BASF, applied to grow trials of GM potatoes at two locations, one in Cambridge and another just outside of Hull, Yorkshire.
BASF state the trials are designed to test whether potatoes can be genetically modified to be resistant to blight. However, given the historical context, it seems more likely their function is to test if the UK public is still resistant to GM.
To maintain the successes achieved over the past decade, it is vital that these two trials are opposed. There is no room for complacency. If we act together now we can keep our fields GM free, but if we allow the trials go ahead unhindered, we help pave the way for commercialization of GM crops across the countryside.
Its time to tell the biotech companies there is still no future for GM in the UK...
BASF's GM Potatoes