CSIRO respond to GM wheat sabotage

Posted by Nicole Eckersley on 18th July 2011

Early last Thursday, Greenpeace activists whipper-snippered a genetically modified wheat experiment on the outskirts of Canberra.

Two women, one of them described as a mother concerned for the health of her family, wore protective clothing and set up a protective cordon before destroying the CSIRO plantation.

“This is about the protection of our health, the protection of our environment and the protection of our daily bread,” said Greenpeace Food campaigner Laura Kelly in defence of the sabotage.

Her comments were made on the back of concerns about the safety and transparency of GM research, which according to Greenpeace is advancing the interests of foreign biotech corporations.

CSIRO scientists have responded with outrage to the attack.

“I am appalled that a fellow scientist’s experiments have been destroyed through this action,” said Dr Christopher Preston, Associate Professor in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at the University of Adelaide.

Professor Mark Tester, plant scientist at the University of Adelaide, has dismissed Greenpeace “generalisations” about GM technology.

“One cannot say that all GM is good or that all GM is bad but it is one of many tools in our toolbox to try and help protect the environment and feed people around the world.”