New Plan to Grow Genetically-Modified Crops in Secret Military Locations

  • Published on November 16th, 2008

UK Officials Are Hoping To Shift Their Genetically-Modified Crop Trials To Secret Military Locations In Order To Prevent Their Destruction By Anti-GMO Extremists.

UK officials are hoping to protect genetically-modified crops from the actions of anti-gm extremists. Opponents have targeted almost all of the 54 GM crop trials since 2000. For example, recently more than 400 potato plants were destroyed on a farm at the University of Leeds in June.

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Officials also hope to prosecute the groups in the same manner as they do animal rights extremists — good. While I understand and agree with their position, the action is completely hypocritical. It’s like the anti-abortionists who protest the slaughtering of babies by slaughtering doctors.

Currently, scientists must disclose the location of such trials on a government website. Awesome, whomever came up with that legislation must be an opponent to GM crops.

One site for consideration is Porton Down near Salisbury, which carries out military research and includes a science park where they could be securely developed away from the public.

But the question remains: do GM foods hold the key to global food shortages and rising prices?

Though officials are trying to protect these efforts they do want to have a new conversation about GM crops with the public. But Gordon Brown is moving cautiously because of strong opposition from previous trials.

A government source added: “We need to review the security arrangements. The rules are a charter for people who want to stop the experiments. A lot of information has to be put in the public domain and that makes it very easy for people to trash them.”

Leeds University — showing they are suckers for punishment — plans to make one final attempt. They hope a government funded fence and security cameras will thwart any attempts at sabotaging the experiment. Good luck with that.

Professor Tim Benton, research dean at its Faculty of Biological Science, said yesterday: “We need to find a way to do crop trials in a safe way and to minimize the environmental risk. We cannot carry on for the next 20 or 30 years saying it’s too scary, the public is too frightened, it is politically too dangerous. There is absolutely no way we can move towards a world with food security without using GM technology. The amount of food we need could double because the population is growing, climate change will reduce yields and we will take land out of food production for biofuels.”

Officials are trying to draw strong parallels between anti-GM protesters and those that oppose experiments on animals. In 2005 the law was changed to give police the power to prosecute such extreme actions after Huntingdon Life Sciences was targeted and attacked by animal rights activists.

Huh. Maybe there is a GM-centric division of PETA?

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Source: The Independent | Image: Jams_123 on Flickr under Creative Commons





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  • dan

    Extreme is an industry (gmo foods) that refuses to disclose facts to scientists and consumers, to make expensive seeds that cross-pollinate and contaminate.

    Extreme is 58billion animals in cages slaughtered annually. Much of which ius also wasted as “food”.
    Let’s stop the gluttony and maybe we can stop populatin so much.
    As for increased yields, GM crops have no guarantee of delevering that promise. They have every chance of crashing the food systems we rely on right now, through cross-pollination and globalist trade politics, aswell as terminator seeds. GM crops are being pushed by corrupt criminal elements that do not care about humanity or feeding people.

  • Europe is a huge net importer of food and yet it has not adopted technologies that could help it better feed itself. The rational people left there are being intimidated by the forces of ignorance and fear. The scientists that I know who live there are extremely frustrated

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  • tom

    i see a future without gm crops in the uk,i see a future where if you cant do what you are told by the british public,you will be removed from office,we are the public,we are more educated than ever before,you will never beat us so you may as well join us,just say no.

    • Quote, ‘we are the public,we are more educated than ever before’

      Who are you kidding – the public shows daily a collective stupidity that is ever more alarming!

  • Uncle B

    Despite government propaganda to the contrary, American folks are trying to grow chickens in parks by tent cities filled with unemployed people! See them on the internet for yourself! These people desperately need a fast growing bug proof Squash, worm proof cabbage, bug proof potatoes and bug proof cumber seeds – we already have worm proof corn, Thank God! GMO's may provide the answer to hungry ex-factory workers with no other resources! Small solar powered villages with GMO'ed foodcrops that grow quickly and easily may save large portions of our population from starvation in the current depression! Society must prepare for a paradigm shift of world shaking proportion – Capitalism has failed and the Western World is following the U.S.S.R. into insolvency! Both societies ignored the first environmental rule, the rule of sustainability and both suffered the same fate – slow agonizing death!

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  • re: Affan Laghari

    Well, my first reaction is that organic practices can also reduce pesticide use hence reducing CO2 emissions. But my biggest concern is on pollination. I am not convinced we can effectively stop these plants from dominating non-GMO plants and I don't think we yet know just how bad they can be – even if it isn't for food.

  • How would it be (in your opinion) if the government does this on a limited scale on cotton or any other crops we don't eat. A recent news says that GM crops can even reduce CO2 emissions and also expenses. If we can use it safely for something like cotton (which we don't eat), then it can be good perhaps.

    You can read the news I mentioned here:
    http://www.carbonoffsetsdaily.com/top-stories/bio

    (disclaimer: it's my blog)