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GE - Two more decontaminations in the US 
1) UC-Berkeley/Novartis Corn Uprooted by RECLAIM THE SEEDS! 
Tuesday 14 September, 1999 (communique followed by press release)
2) GENETIX ALERT  NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
September 14, 1999 
UNDERGROUND GROUP STRIKES SECOND GENETIC ENGINEERING GIANT IN MINNESOTA (press
release followed by communique)


1) 
UC-Berkeley/Novartis Corn Uprooted by RECLAIM THE SEEDS! 
Tuesday 14 September, 1999

<reclaimtheseeds@yahoo.com> 
“We are not going to demand anything. We are not going to ask for 
anything. We are going to RECLAIM THE SEEDS. We are going to stop 
genetic mutilation.”

Resistance against Genetix in the United States is on the rise, and UC 
Berkeley has once again been struck. A group calling themselves 
“RECLAIM THE SEEDS” targeted UC Berkeley’s Oxford Tract research 
facility (1751 Oxford St. Berkeley, CA) where research on genetically 
mutilated corn is taking place. A crop circle of conscience was carved 
out of mature rows of malicious corn and organic corn seeds were 
scattered in its place. A reward sign mocking UC Berkeley’s own $10,000 
reward for previous attacks against their “harmless” corn, was left in 
the center of the crop circle. The sign stated, “10,000 bags of organic 
corn seeds for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the 
following corporate sell-outs: Dean Gordon Rausser, Chancellor Robert 
Berdahal, and Novartis grant recipient Professor Michael Freeling.” 
The corn at Oxford Tract was targeted by RECLAIM THE SEEDS because of 
Professor Michael Freeling’s (510-526-5850, 
freeling@nature.berkeley.edu) involvement at that facility. Professor 
Freeling is the first recipient of a grant from The Novartis 
Agricultural Discovery Institute (for more info see: 
http://plantbio.berkeley.edu/~freeling/docs/5-99genome.html). In 
November of 1998, US-Berkeley signed a highly controversial deal with 
Novartis despite massive public and faculty pressure. Two months ago, 
the California Croppers destroyed corn at the Gil Tract facility in 
Albany. It is unsure of whether the corn destroyed at the Oxford Tract 
was genetically engineered or not. Because of the University and USDA’s 
secrecy about field tests this information is kept from the public 
despite the fact that UC-Berkeley is a state institution. Regardless, 
the research worked on at UC-Berkeley with Novartis’s and Monsanto’s 
generous financial assistance will be used to further the commercial 
and profit-driven goals of the biotechnology industry.
Modern agri-business and genetic mutilation is a capitalist machine 
that must be dismantled in order to stop the massive destruction of 
biodiversity. RECLAIMING THE SEEDS is a direct action that destroys 
corporate power and authority. It is about people taking responsibility 
for themselves and highlighting the environmental and social costs of 
genetic mutilation. By leaving behind organic seeds, we are not only 
dismantling the current destructive system, but setting in place a 
sustainable alternative that will transform and undermine corporate 
power. In order to prevent further genetic mutilation we must free 
ourselves from the corporate bondage of multinationals such as 
Novartis, Monsanto, AgrEvo, and DuPont, and Liberate The Seeds!
To RECLAIM THE SEEDS is to rediscover the sacredness of life and the 
power found within a seed. To RECLAIM THE SEEDS is to rescue 
biodiversity from industrial society and its defamation of life. As 
long as we allow economies to run on the basis of profit for business, 
genetic mutilation and exploitation of seeds will occur. Genetic 
Mutilation is a frightening run-away industrial technology that tampers 
with nature on its most basic level. Genetically mutilated seeds are 
being held prisoner by corporate greed. We must reclaim biodiversity. 
We must RECLAIM THE SEEDS!
RECLAIM THE SEEDS will sprout again when the World Trade Organization 
(WTO) meets for their "millenium round" of negotiations. Dan Glickman, 
Secretary of Agriculture has already made it clear that the 
implementation of biotechnology is central to this year's WTO meeting. 
Let this action serve as a warning to the unaccountable governments, 
corporations, and faceless trade bureaucrats that their genetically 
engineered vision of the world will topple. Let this be a source of 
inspiration for all others to RECLAIM THE SEEDS in Seattle Nov. 28-Dec. 
3.
“And so I think that when we play with earth and seeds, we do it with a 
stimulating humility because we know we are playing with the things of 
this life which are of the most enduring importance.” ­From the ‘The 
Philosophy of Gardening’ by Clare Leighton. An address given at a 
horticultural meeting St. Paul, Minnesota. June 1947
For background information see: 
http://www.nadii.com Novartis Agricultural Discovery Institute 
http://www.urel.berkeley.edu/urel_1/CampusNews/PressReleases/releases/11-23-
1998.html 
The University’s lies regarding the Novartis deal 
http://www.rafi.org Excellent information on genetic engineering and 
Novartis (in regards to their 12 patent claims on the Terminator 
Technology) 
http://plantbio.berkeley.edu/~outreach/OUTREACH.HTM 
This page is a balatnt example of propaganda that the University is 
is putting out to promote biotechnology. It is a complete contrast to 
what scientists are saying. Dr. Peggy Lamaux's "Outreach" site 
<http://www.berkeley.edu/campus_map/maps/ABCD123.html>http://www.berkeley.e
du/campus_map/maps/ABCD123.html Map of Oxford 
Tract 
<http://mapquest.com/cgi-bin/ia_find?screen=ia-map-form&link=ia-map-result&
uid=ua2503hfe007g5cj:2a0urauwz>http://mapquest.com/cgi-bin/ia_find?screen=i
a-map-form&link=ia-map-result&uid=ua2503hfe007g5cj:2a0urauwz 
MapQuest link for Oxford Tract
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GENETIX ALERT - NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Date: September 14, 1999 
Contact: Jeffrey Tufenkian 619-584-6462

UNDERGROUND GROUP ATTACKS UCB GENETIC ENGINEERING TEST SITE
An underground group destroyed corn and left a mocking sign and organic 
seeds at UC Berkeley Oxford Test Track research facility on Tuesday morning 
according to an anonymous communiqué released today.
In the second known anti-genetic engineering action this week, the group 
calling itself Reclaim the Seeds carved a "crop circle of conscience" in the 
corn test field, scattered organic corn seeds in its place and posted a sign 
mocking Berkeley's own $10,000 reward for previous attacks against their 
research corn.
"We are not going to demand anything," stated the communiqué. "We are not 
going to ask for anything. We are going to RECLAIM THE SEEDS. We are going 
to stop genetic mutilation."
This strike comes on the heels of announced plans of biotech opponents to 
file antitrust lawsuits in 30 countries to block major life-science 
companies from using genetic engineering to gain control of world 
agriculture. 
The heroic action by Reclaim the Seeds is part of a growing worldwide 
rejection of genetically engineered (GE) crops and of the handful of 
transnational corporations like Monsanto, Novartis and DuPont which are 
attempting to manipulate the future of the world's agriculture and food 
supply in order to bolster their own profits. In the last year there have 
been over forty acts of crop destruction in Great Britain, others in India 
and at least six such actions in the US since the spring-two in California 
in late July and one each in Vermont and Maine in August and two this month 
in Minnesota.
Destruction of genetically engineered (known as genetically modified in 
other countries) crops has become so frequent in Europe that farmers are 
refusing to plant them since so many crops are being destroyed. Hundreds of 
ordinary citizens have joined in the destruction of genetically engineered 
crops throughout Europe. This summer, Lord Melchett, former minister of 
labor and current executive director of Greenpeace, was arrested along with 
19 others for destroying a field of genetically engineered corn just before 
it was ready to spread GE-contaminated pollen.
GE crops have been linked to genetic pollution, creation of new viruses and 
bacteria, damage to beneficial insects, increased pesticide use and the 
creation of "superpests." As such, genetically engineered crops are a clear 
threat to the environment as well as to animal and human health. According 
to research released earlier this year, GE potatoes were shown to damage 
vital organs and compromise the immune systems of rats. In another study 
conducted at Cornell University this year, pollen released from GE corn was 
lethal to Monarch butterflies.
Details of past anti-GE actions are available by contacting ban@tao.ca.
Genetix Alert is an independent news center which works with other 
above-ground, anti-genetic engineering organizations. GA has no knowledge 
of the person(s) who carryout any underground actions. GA does not advocate 
illegal acts, but seeks to explain why people destroy genetically engineered 
crops and undertake other nonviolent actions aimed at resisting genetic 
engineering and increasing the difficulty for entities which seek to advance 
genetic engineering or its products. GA spokespeople are available for 
media interviews.
Reporters and other interested parties may contact Genetix Alert at: 
phone: 619-584-6462, fax: 619-528-1449 
email: jeffrey@towardsfreedom.com 
PO Box 3992, San Diego, CA 92163, USA 
contact: Jeffrey Tufenkian


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GENETIX ALERT               NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
September 14, 1999 

UNDERGROUND GROUP STRIKES SECOND GENETIC ENGINEERING GIANT IN MINNESOTA

Contacts: 
Melissa Sorenson 612-879-8929 (Minnesota), 
Jeffrey Tufenkian 619-584-6462 (California)

In their second attack this month, the group calling itself the Minnesota 
Bolt Weevils has destroyed a genetically engineered test crop and other 
property at Pioneer Hi-Bred's seed research facility on Sunday in Mankato, 
Minnesota according to an anonymous communiqué released today. 
In the attack on Pioneer Hi-Bred, the world's largest seed company, members 
of the group trampled 50 rows of research corn, damaged company vehicles, 
spray painted "free the seed" and "stop agribusiness" and changed the 
Pioneer sign in front of the facility to read "Pioneering Farmageddon." 
"Our strike against Pioneer is a call to the Weevils and Borers of the world 
to join the growing resistance to the quickly approaching 'Farmageddon,'" 
according to the communiqué. "Crops, research facilities and corporate 
offices are all sources of this technological threat and should be targeted. 
Genetic modification of plants is a dangerous experiment on nature and 
people, and should be stopped." 
This strike comes on the heels of announced plans of biotech opponents to 
file antitrust lawsuits in 30 countries to block major life-science 
companies from using genetic engineering to gain control of world 
agriculture. 
The heroic action by the Minnesota Bolt Weevils is part of a growing 
worldwide rejection of genetically engineered (GE) crops and of the handful 
of transnational corporations like Monsanto, Novartis and Dupont (purchased 
Pioneer Hi-Bred earlier this year) which are attempting to manipulate the 
future of the world's agriculture and food supply in order to bolster their 
own profits. In the last year there have been over forty acts of crop 
destruction in Great Britain, others in India and at least five such actions 
in the US since the spring-two in California in late July and one each in 
Vermont and Maine in August and the earlier attack in Minnesota earlier this 
month. 
Destruction of genetically engineered (known as genetically modified in 
other countries) crops has become so frequent in Europe that farmers are 
refusing to plant them since so many crops are being destroyed. Hundreds of 
ordinary citizens have joined in the destruction of genetically engineered 
crops throughout Europe. This summer, Lord Melchett, former minister of 
labor and current executive director of Greenpeace, was arrested along with 
19 others for destroying a field of genetically engineered corn just before 
it was ready to spread GE-contaminated pollen. 
GE crops have been linked to genetic pollution, creation of new viruses and 
bacteria, damage to beneficial insects, increased pesticide use and the 
creation of "superpests." As such, genetically engineered crops are a clear 
threat to the environment as well as to animal and human health. According 
to research released earlier this year, GE potatoes were shown to damage 
vital organs and compromise the immune systems of rats. In another study 
conducted at Cornell University this year, pollen released from GE corn was 
lethal to Monarch butterflies. 
Details of past anti-GE actions are available by contacting ban@tao.ca. 
Genetix Alert is an independent news center which works with other 
above-ground, anti-genetic engineering organizations. GA has no knowledge 
of the person(s) who carryout any underground actions. GA does not advocate 
illegal acts, but seeks to explain why people destroy genetically engineered 
crops and undertake other nonviolent actions aimed at resisting genetic 
engineering and increasing the difficulty for entities which seek to advance 
genetic engineering or its products. GA spokespeople are available for 
media interviews.
Reporters and other interested parties may contact Genetix Alert at: 
phone: 619-584-6462, fax: 619-528-1449 
email: jeffrey@towardsfreedom.com 
PO Box 3992, San Diego, CA 92163, USA 
contact: Jeffrey Tufenkian

BOLT WEEVILS COMMUNIQUÉ

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
The direct action campaign against genetic engineering and corporate 
agriculture in Minnesota is underway. Following up on the attack on 
Novartis/Northrup-King's Seed research facility on September 1, "Bolt 
Weevils" trampled 50 rows of research corn adjacent to Pioneer Hi-Bred's 
seed research facility in Mankato, Minnesota (Hwy. 22) on Sunday, Sept 12. 
Company vehicles parked at the facility were also damaged, and "free the 
seed" and "stop agribusiness" were spray-painted on a shed at the site. The 
Pioneer sign in front of the facility was appropriately amended to read 
"Pioneering Farmageddon". 
Pioneer Hi-Bred is the largest seed company in the world and was acquired by 
Dupont Chemical Co. earlier this year for $9.4 billion. As farmers in the 
US, France, India and elsewhere struggle to maintain a place in the 
expanding global economy, corporate mergers and acquisitions increase, 
giving more control over the world's food systems to a handful of huge 
seed-chemical-pharmaceutical conglomerates. The technology of genetic 
engineering has been developed and marketed to the world by these companies 
with no regard for the social, ecological or economic consequences of 
releasing millions of acres of mutated plants into the environment, or the 
consolidation of seed ownership that has resulted from such a profit-driven 
science. 
Our strike against pioneer is a call to the Weevils and Borers of the world 
to join the growing resistance to the quickly approaching "Farmageddon". 
Crops, research facilities and corporate offices are all sources of this 
technological threat and should be targeted. Genetic modification of plants 
is a dangerous experiment on nature and people, and should be stopped. 
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