Wolston says NO to GM - week of activities to stop GM T 25 Farm Scale
The Scientific Failings
participate in the debate more fully by offering positive, practical alternatives to GMOs, by providing more organic gardening information;
produce and promote a set of postcards 'Gardens don't need GMOs', which are
available by mail order and in HDRA's three organic shops;
support the other campaigning organisations, and report on the issue in our
membership magazine, The Organic Way;
attend Greenpeace's GMO free picnic at Greenwich in 1999 and attend the Glastonbury Festival of Modern Performing Arts for the past two years as part of the
Greenpeace True Food Campaign to present the positive alternatives to GM food.
How to support HDRA's objection to the GM maize (Chardon LL) trials
1.Write to The Hon Mr Michael Meacher, MP, Minister for the Environment, Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR). The main concern is about cross pollination from trial plots to HDRA's organic crops. HDRA stands to lose its SA organic certification if this happens, as we grow sweetcorn on site, which readily cross-pollinates with forage maize.
At the time of writing, MAFF researchers are not making farm visits because of the foot and mouth risks - the trials organisers are ignoring this advice.
Address: Eland House, Bressenden Place, London SW14 5DU.
Also: Biotechnology Support Unit, Zone 3G9, Ashdown House, 123 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6DE.
2.Write to Alan Gear, Chief Executive, HDRA - at Ryton Organic Gardens, Coventry, CV8 3LG - expressing your opposition to the trials in particular, and to GM crops in general.
3.Write to the local MP, Andy King at the House of Commons, Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA.
4.Write to your own MP.
5.Before the general election, lobby parliamentary candidates in your area and find out what their attitude is to GMOs.
6. If you live locally, lobby Rugby Borough and Warwickshire County Councils. Attend the public meeting to be held at Wolston Village Hall on 26th April, 2001 at 7.30 PM, and sign the petition in our shop or in the village shops.
7.If you need background information, HDRA will send you briefing notes. Also, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and the Soil Association all have briefings on the subject, most of them available on the Internet. You could also contact the local groups of these organisations.
Information for the press:
Warwickshire GM Maize Trial threatens world-renowned organic centre
A GM maize trial is proposed at Wolston, Warwickshire, less than two miles from Ryton Organic Gardens, the long established headquarters of HDRA, the organic organisation, which attract thousands of visitors each year.
The trial threatens the organic status of the fresh produce sold from the gardens, where HDRA also conducts horticultural research on organic food production for the
'We are very disturbed by this news. The land has been cultivated organically since 1985. We have always grown sweetcorn here at Ryton, and bees are kept on the site, so there is a serious risk of cross-pollination,' says Alan Gear, HDRA's Chief Executive. 'If the trial goes ahead we could lose our organic certification. We use our produce in our restaurant and sell it through our shop, so we must retain our Soil Association registration.'
HDRA has not been consulted about the trial, and first heard about it through the local radio station. 'We will be contacting the DETR, asking them to abandon the test site,
at the earliest opportunity, and are also considering legal action,' says Mr Gear.
Maize is sown at the end of April or beginning of May, so the organisation has an inadequate amount of time to take any action.
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Labours response to the Tory Drivers charter launched on 26/03/01 in Birmingham
was as follows from PA
Transport Minister Keith Hill hit back today: ``This re-announcement of pious platitudes and ludicrous proposals shows that the Tories have nothing new to offer Britain's motorists.
``The Tories' o16 billion of cuts mean they cannot match Labour's transport investment which is helping repair Britain's roads and revive public transport ...
``The Tories would cut investment in road maintenance, and they have yet to come
clean about their plans for new private toll-roads across Britain's countryside.''
But was it not Labour who gave the go ahead for the first toll Road in the UK on 28th July 1997
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