info4action archive

[Index][Thread]

GE - FIFTH RAID ON GE SITES: Sixth Anti-GE Action in US This Month



GENETIX ALERT

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 29, 1999 Contact: Jeffrey Tufenkian 619-584-6462


UNDERGROUND GROUP MAKES FIFTH RAID ON GENETIC ENGINEERING SITES:
Sixth Anti-GE Action in US This Month

[US]-The anti-genetic engineering (GE) group, "Reclaim the Seeds," conducted
its fifth action against GE crops at a University of California (UC) campus
early yesterday morning according to an anonymous communique released today.
 The group destroyed five rows of transgenic melons, sixteen rows of
transgenic walnut trees, sixty rows of pesticide-ridden tomatoes as well as
removed two pieces of research equipment at two UC-Davis GE facilities.
The incident-which targeted the Department of Plant Pathology (DPP) and the
Center for Engineering Plants for Resistance Against Pathogens (CEPRAP)-was
the sixth anti-GE action this month by two different groups, following three
previous events in California and two in Minnesota.
"The University of California at Davis has one of the largest transgenic
research programs in the world," said conservative organic farmer Johnna
Appleseed.  "From tomatoes and trees to primates and mice, UC provides the
biotech industry with lucrative data at public expense.  Reclaim the Seeds
says enough is enough, and our actions speak louder than words.  Nonviolent
direct action is a most powerful force.  Resistance to genetic engineering
is as transnational as capital."
The 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 eleven
such actions in the US since the spring-two in California in late July and
one each in Vermont, California and Maine in August, two in Minnesota and
four in California this month.

Details of past anti-GE actions are available at
<http://www.tao.ca/~ban/ar.htm>www.tao.ca/~ban/ar.htm.
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

(communique follows)


Reclaim the Seeds Communique: September 28, 1999

For Immediate Release-September 28, 1999
Reclaim the Seeds Carries Out Fifth Raid on GE Crops
Davis, CA-The anti-genetic engineering (GE) group Reclaim the Seeds
conducted its fifth action against GE crops at a University of California
(UC) campus early this morning. Five rows of transgenic melons, 16 rows of
transgenic walnut trees, 60 rows of pesticide-ridden tomatoes, and two
pieces of research equipment were removed from the biotech agenda of
UC-Davis's Department of Plant Pathology (DPP) and the Center for
Engineering Plants for Resistance Against Pathogens (CEPRAP). The incident
was the fifth in as many weeks, following three previous events in Davis and
one in Berkeley.
"The University of California at Davis has one of the largest transgenic
research programs in the world. From tomatoes and trees to primates and
mice, UC provides the biotech industry with lucrative data at public
expense. Reclaim the Seeds says enough is enough, and our actions speak
louder than words," said conservative organic farmer Johnna Appleseed.
"Nonviolent direct action is a most powerful force."
The DPP and CEPRAP share the same address, field facilities, and at least
one similar research focus: to manipulate the genetic code of plants in
order to repel pests and disease, and/or to tolerate specific pesticides.
However, substantial scientific evidence points out the dangers of this
agenda: the creation of 'super-pests' which are resistant to ever-increasing
levels of pesticides; the cross-pollination of organic plants with mutant
genes; the negative impact on wildlife and human health; and the instability
of GE crops, a serious threat to the world's food security.
Of particular concern are the multiple permits for bioengineering resistance
to Lepidopterans (butterflies) into fruit and nut trees through the
insecticide Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). In light of the landmark Cornell
University study which concluded that Bt corn pollen was lethal to Monarch
butterflies, this is totally unacceptable.
Researchers at UCD have received numerous permits for GE field experiments
from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including such crops as tomatoes,
melons, walnuts, apples, persimmons, corn, and rice (view USDA permits at
<http://www.aphis.usda.gov/bbep/bp/>http://www.aphis.usda.gov/bbep/bp/). In
addition, biotech corporations such
as Monsanto and AgrEvo conduct field experiments using campus facilities, as
well as staff and students.
The plot of tomatoes targeted this morning was sprayed with the toxic
pesticide Bravo Chlorothalonil. Judging from past denials of both UC-Davis
and Berkeley about the nature of their research, we removed a sign from the
plot which details this reckless pesticide use in case we need to prove it.
For more information or directions to the site, contact DPP or CEPRAP at:
One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616. The field is on Old
Davis Road near the juncture of Interstate 80 and Highway 113.

Relevant web sites include:
<http://ceprap.ucdavis.edu/links.htm>http://ceprap.ucdavis.edu/links.htm
<http://www.biotech.ucdavis.edu/home/BioTechPrgm.asp>http://www.biotech.ucd
avis.edu/home/BioTechPrgm.asp
<http://www.tao.ca/~ban/>http://www.tao.ca/~ban/

Reclaim the Seeds Statement: September 28, 1999
------------------------------------------------

If you care about wildlife and think the natural world is fine without
mutant genes, you should resist genetic engineering.
If you care about social justice and don't want to poison farm workers with
pesticides and herbicides, you should resist genetic engineering.
If you care about biological and cultural diversity as opposed to a global
corporate monoculture, you should resist genetic engineering.
If you care about laboratory animals and don't want researchers creating
hybrid genetic monsters, you should resist genetic engineering.
If you eat food, you should resist genetic engineering.
If not you, then who? If not now, when?
Resistance to genetic engineering is as transnational as capital.
--Johnna Appleseed for Reclaim the Seeds.

###