Greenpeace raided after GM crops are destroyed
Published 02/08/2011 | 05:00
Police have raided Greenpeace's Sydney headquarters, seizing evidence relating to last week's destruction of a genetically modified wheat experiment, according to the industry website Food Navigator.
Authorities investigating the destruction of a genetically modified (GM) wheat trial at a farm in Canberra raided and seized property from Greenpeace's head offices in Sydney, Australia.
Greenpeace activists are said to have scaled a fence at the experimental farm and destroyed AU$300,000 of GM wheat last Thursday.
The incident sparked an investigation by police, and officers spent about two hours searching Greenpeace Pacific's Sydney offices.
"While we may still get something out of the experiment, the main function has been compromised as a result of the damage," said Jeremy Burdon, chief of the division at the research station.
"That puts us back a year in the programme."
Greenpeace food campaigner Laura Kelly said the organisation would not hide from the legal implications of breaking into the farm.
"Greenpeace always stands up and takes responsibility for its actions. We're proud of bringing the significant threats associated with GM wheat out into the open, and we always co-operate fully with the police," she said.