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Regardless of whether or not the event below is a hoax, I find the
mentality behind it immature, irrresponsible and dangerous.

Ron Epstein

At 10:42 AM 1/26/99 +0000, you wrote:
> Cultural Terrorist Agency
> ***immediate release***
> 24th January 1999
> Launch of Natural Reality SuperWeed Kit 1.0
> Photo-opportunity
> 12.00 noon Wednesday 27th January 1999
> On Wednesday 27th January 1999, Michael Boorman of Natural
> Reality will launch the 'Natural Reality SuperWeed Kit 1.0 - a
> DIY kit capable of producing a genetically mutant superweed,
> designed to attack corporate monoculture'.  Heath Bunting and
> Rachel Baker, founders of The Cultural Terrorist Agency [1] who
> have financed SuperWeed Kit 1.0 will also speak at the launch in
> the Nash Room, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK. The
> launch starts at 12:15 noon and will be completed by 13.00.
> Natural Reality SuperWeed Kit 1.0 [2], contains a mixture of
> naturally occuring and genetically mutated (GM) Brassica seeds
> (e.g. Oilseed Rape, Wild Radish, Yellow Mustard, Shepard's
> Purse). If these seeds are allowed to germinate and cross
> pollinate, a SuperWeed [3] will be created that will be resistant
> to current herbicides (e.g. Monsanto's RoundupŘ), thus not only
> threatening the profitability of conventional and GM Brassica
> crops [4], but also of herbicide production and distribution.
> This kit be will distributed throughout the UK to interested
> parties along with tactical suggestions and planting instructions.
> If released, SuperWeed 1.0 will not only destroy the
> profitability all GM crops, but also of conventional and organic
> crops. This genetic contamination will be irreversible.
> Michael Boorman is one of the California Croppers who held
> football match early Thanksgiving morning at the "Gill Tract"
> gardens, California, USA, resulting in the destruction of a crop of
> genetically-engineered corn owned by the University of
> California, in protest over UC-Berkeley signing a multimillion
> dollar research deal with biotech giant Novartis.[5]
> Michael Boorman of Natural Reality said "Genetic hacker
> technology gives us the means to oppose this unsafe, unnecessary
> and unnatural technology. I hope that this SuperWeed Kit will
> empower others in their actions. We are engaged in a biological
> arms race with corporate monoculture."
> Heath Bunting is a well known internet hacker activist
> responsible for information subversion campaigns against
> organisation such as Glaxo, Nike and 7-Eleven stores.  He is a
> founder member of collective [6].
> Heath Bunting of said "Biotechnology is not only the next
> battleground on which the control of life and land is fought, but also
> on which life itself is redefined. It is essential that the concepts
> of property and representation in this arena are seriously challenged."
> Rachel Baker is a network activist with a well documented history
> of actions against organisations including Sainsbury, Tesco and
> American Express.  She is also a member of
> collective [6].
> Rachel Baker of said "Millions of ordinary people
> are very worried about genetically modified foods and I am one of
> them....With genetically modified foods I believe we have reached
> the thin edge of the wedge, we are messing with the building
> blocks of life and it's scary."
> Michael Boorman email:
> Heath Bunting email:
> Rachel Baker email:
> Hayvend email:
> Editors Notes
> [1] The Cultural Terrorist Agency (CTA) is a funding agency
> committed to supporting contestation of property and
> representation. CTA turns it's enemies best weapon, that being
> investment, back onto itself.
> Cultural terrorism can be defined as an offensive against
> dominant systems of meaning, and their defining of reality and
> nature, within the realms of propaganda and disinformation.
> Website:
> [2] Natural Reality SuperWeed Kit 1.0 is available from Hayvend,
> ICA Bar, London, UK for the price of ˙1.00
> Website:
> SuperWeed Kit 1.0 can also be ordered free of charge by post
> directly from the Natural Reality via the internet.
> Website:
> [3] "SCIENTISTS last night confirmed the green campaigner's
> worst nightmare: genetically engineered crops can lead to
> superweeds which shrug off weedkiller."
> Website:
> [4] There are currently no commercially grown GM crops in
> Britain, although soya, maize and oil seed rape or products
> produced from them are imported. Commercial planting of GM oil
> seed rape is expected in summer/autumn 1999. Natural Reality is
> calling for a total ban on the planting of GM crops.
> [5] See release dated November 26, 1998 entitled Gardeners
> Decontaminate Genetic Corn Crop.
> Website:
> [6] is an anarcho collective consisting of over
> 20 people internationally working mainly in the areas of
> contestation of property and representation:
> Website:
> Picture Editors Notes
> [1] As part of the launch of the SuperWeed Kit there will be
> photo-opportunity at 12.00 noon in the ICA Bar, London, with
> Michael Boorman of Natural Reality and Heath Bunting and Rachel
> Baker of demonstrating how to obtain SuperWeed Kit
> 1.0 from Hayvend. The photo-opportunity will be complete by 12.15
> p.m.
> [2] Freelance photographer Rob Todd will be covering the launch,
> contact: +44 (0)467 420 283