GE - SCOTTISH GREEN PARTY CANDIATE ARRESTED AT GM-CROP PROTEST
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SCOTTISH GREEN PARTY CANDIATE ARRESTED AT GM-CROP PROTEST
> Sunday March 28 : A Scottish Green Party Candidate for the
> Scottish elections was
> arrested today for pulling up genetically modified oil seed rape at
> a protest outside
> Mark Ballard, on the Lothian list for the second vote in May, was
> among five people
> arrested for pulling up genetically modified oil seed rape at
> Boghall Farm in Midlothian.
> About 100 people took part in the protest.
> Speaking following his arrest, Mark Ballard said “The Scottish
> Green Party believe that
> genetically modified crops should not be allowed in Scotland under
> any circumstances.
> Even field trials present a threat to nature”.
> “If the Government refuses to protect people and our countryside
> the Scottish Green Party
> are left with no choice but to take peaceful direct action”.
> James Mackenzie, Scottish Green Party Education Spokesperson was
> also arrested and
> commented, “to test how dangerous genetically modified crops are by
> releasing them into
> the environment is irresponsible in the extreme”.
> The Scottish Green Party put their weight behind the protest
> against the GM-crop trial of
> oil seed rape, genetically modified to be tolerant to high doses of
> herbicides. The Greens
> say that such experiments run the risk of creating “superweeds” and
> that they pose a
> threat to surrounding farmland.
> Mark Ruskell, Scottish Green Party Agriculture spokesperson who was
> present at the
> action said “the Scottish Greens believe that the perceived
> short-term benefit that GM
> crops offer is vastly outweighed by the long-term effect that
> man-made species could have
> on the environment. Billions of pounds arte being piled into
> research on GM-crops while
> research on organic methods of farming remains in its infancy.
> Agricultural science is
> being driven by a desire for corporate profit rather than
> researching how we can work with,
> rather than against, natural resources”.
> Mark Ruskell continued, “When regulatory bodies fail to recognise
> the hazards of GM
> technology people are forced to take peaceful direct action”.
> For immediate release
> For further information please contact: Steve Burgess 07887 682 574