Crop Sabotage on the Rise: French citizens destroy trial vineyard
Sunday morning, French police stood helpless as sixty people, locked inside
an open-air field of genetically modified grapevines, uprooted all the plants.
In Spain last month, dozens of people destroyed two GMO fields. On the millennial
cusp, Indian farmers burned Bt cotton in their Cremate Monsanto campaign.
Ignored by multinational corporations and corrupt public policy makers,
citizens act to protect the food supply and the planet.
French vineyard is the same field attacked last year when the plants were
only cut. But the security features installed after that incident kept authorities
at bay while the group accomplished its mission yesterday.
for the group, Olivier Florent told Le Figero that they condemned the use
of public funds for open-field testing of GMOs “that we do not want.”
tents in the rain near France’s National Institute for Agronomic Research
(INRA) site in Colmar the night before, the group waited until 5 AM before
converging on the site and locking the gates behind them. They uprooted
all 70 plants, then submitted to arrest.
is the second attack on GMO crops to make international news this year.
In July dozens of people destroyed two experimental corn crops in Spain.
In an anonymous press release, they wrote, “This kind of direct action
is the best way to respond to the fait accompli policy through which the
Generalitat, the State and the biotech multinationals have been unilaterally
imposing genetically modified organisms.”
late 1990s, Indian farmers burnt Bt cotton fields in their Cremate Monsanto
campaign. Monsanto did not disclose to farmers that the GM seeds were experimental.
“Despite the heavy use of chemical fertiliser, traces of which still
can be observed in the field, the Bt plants grew miserably, less than half
the size of the traditional cotton plants in the adjacent fields.”
the Haiti earthquake this year, Monsanto offered 475 tons of hybrid corn
and terminator vegetable seeds in partnership with USAID. In June, 10,000
Haitian farmers marched in protest of the “poison gift” which
produces no viable seeds for future plantings and requires heavy chemical
inputs. Haitian farm leader Chavannes Jean-Baptiste observed that the biotech
plan makes farmers dependent on multinational corporations.
US, GMOs were secretly foisted on the public in the mid-1990s, and only
now is the US Supreme Court addressing the scourge. In June, the high court
upheld partial deregulation of GM alfalfa, which permits limited planting
while the USDA prepares an Environmental Impact Statement. Natural and organic
alfalfa supply is threatened by the very real potential of GM contamination.
This would destroy the organic meat and dairy industry.
Friday, a federal court took a tougher position on GM sugar beets. Judge
Jeffrey S. White revoked USDA approval of the GM beet, while allowing for
its planting this year only.
this month, a British farmer exposed that milk and meat from cloned animals
had secretly entered the food supply.
opposition to GM crops has grown in recent years as more evidence surfaces
that DNA-altered crops:
massive chemical inputs which destroy local biodiversity and poison the
* Cross-pollinate with natural and weedy crops;
* Create superweeds; and
* Have been shown to cause organ damage, sterility, and diabetes and obesity
President Obama has stacked his Administration with biotech insiders going
so far as to appoint Islam Siddiqui as Agriculture Trade Negotiator. Siddiqui
is a former pesticide lobbyist and vice president of CropLife America, a
biotech and pesticide trade group that lobbies to weaken environmental laws.
US is pushing hard at the world to accept GM foods. Recently, the American
Farm Bureau Federation called for stronger sanctions against the European
Union for its GM crop ban.
as governments and trade agreements circumvent the will of the people, some
take matters into their own hands. The rise in GMO crop destruction is a
clear indication that the world’s people reject chemical and genetic
pollution of the food supply and the environment.