This morning women activists - including one mum - put a stop to the controversial genetically modified (GM) wheat trial outside Canberra.
They felt they had no choice. The government is failing to protect Australia’s most important food crop and our health, environment and economy are under threat.
Greenpeace’s recent report revealed that Australians will be in the world’s first GM human feeding experiment and it’ll take place without adequate safety testing. It also exposed the CSIRO’s links to foreign biotech companies, like Monsanto, who want to patent and control Australia’s wheat.
All the other major wheat producing nations, such as the US, Canada and Russia, have rejected GM wheat due to the risks involved. Yet Australia’s $4.7million wheat industry is up for grabs.
This GM wheat should never have left the lab. Once GM crops are released into the field, they are nearly impossible to contain. This means traditional wheat and other crops are at risk of becoming GM contaminated.
So the women activists did the government’s job and unplanted the GM wheat crops this morning.Click here for news articles and photos.
We know it’s a strong action and will get a divided response. But we can’t shy away from this serious issue. Please join me on Monday 18 July 7pm (AEST) for a live online chat where you can ask all your questions about our campaign. Click this link to join the chat on Monday.
You can also send your thoughts or questions now by emailing us here - your feedback is always valued.
Thank you for helping keep Australian wheat safe and healthy.
Greenpeace Australia Pacific
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