19 January 2001, Christchurch – Greenpeace occupied a Tegel factory in Christchurch this morning and delivered two tonnes of GE free soya beans to demonstrate that it is possible to source GE free soy.
Greenpeace activists from the Rainbow Warrior attached themselves to a tripod in the entrance of the factory and to the gates around the perimeter of the factory. “We want to demonstrate that GE soy is not needed and not wanted in the environment or the food chain. Genetic engineering is a new technology that poses uncontrollable and irreversible risks; it is living pollution,” said Annette Cotter, Greenpeace campaigner.
“We have delivered two tonnes of GE free soya beans to Tegel today to prove that there are GE free alternatives. The worlds largest food supermarket, Carrefour has committed to GE free animal feed, as has Tesco the third largest food supermarket and McDonalds in Europe can guarantee its chicken has been fed GE free animal feed ,” said Cotter. These companies are sourcing their GE free soy from India and Brazil, where it is illegal to grow GE crops.
Over the last month the Rainbow Warrior has been campaigning for a GE free future and activists from the ship have been involved in a number of actions against the GE contamination of the foodchain.
The Rainbow Warrior arrived in Christchurch yesterday afternoon and will be open to the public on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21, 10-5pm, Lyttelton Inner Harbour, Christchurch.