by Rady Ananda
August 17, 2010
French citizens destroy trial vineyard
Early 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.
The 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
Speaking for the group, Olivier Florent told Le Figaro
that they condemned the use of public funds for open-field testing
of GMOs “that we do not want.”
Pitching 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
This 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
“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.”
In the 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
fertilizer, 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.”
After 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
In the 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.
Last 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.
Also this month, a British farmer exposed that milk and meat from
cloned animals had secretly entered the food supply.
Public opposition to GM crops has grown in recent years as more
evidence surfaces that DNA-altered crops:
Require massive chemical inputs
which destroy local biodiversity and poison the water tables
Cross-pollinate with natural and
Have been shown to cause organ
damage, sterility, and diabetes and obesity in mammals
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.
The 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. But as governments and trade agreements
circumvent the will of the people, some take matters into their own
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.