Anti-GM protesters descend on John Innes Centre
[images c/o the JIC]
Jonathan Jones, the head of the John Innes Centre's Sainsbury Laboratory, who addressed the rally (see the last image above), is the controversial cofounder of Mendel Biotechnology, a biotech firm with Monsanto as its main customer. See:
Anti-GM protesters descend on John Innes Centre, in Norwich
Eastern Daily Press, July 23 2011
[PICTURE CAPTION: Norfolk Police were out in force at the protest]
A group of more than 60 protesters descended on the gates of the John Innes Centre in Norwich today as part of a campaign against genetically modified potatoes.
The group met at The Forum before travelling down The Sainsbury Laboratory, near the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, by bike or marching in a group.
At the heart of the protest was a tractor pulling 20kg of organic potatoes that were left at the centre.
It was part of a demonstration by the anti-GM group against scientists' work to trial blight-resistant GM potatoes.
They said that there are six natural varieties that are already blight-resistant, making this publically-funded work 'Absurd'.
Professor Jonathan Jones, of the centre, said that the idea of replacing the industrial agriculture with the organic potatoes was "never going to happen".
He said that the organic variety of potatoes were not popular with consumers and that the GM potatoes would help the environment as they would reduce CO2 emissions as they would not need to be sprayed so often.
For more details, see Monday's paper.