Three arrested in GM crop protest in Australia (23/10/2007)

1.Three arrested in GM crop protest
2.Greenpeace targets dairy giant over GM

1.Three arrested in GM crop protest
ABC News, Oct 23 2007

Three Greenpeace activists have been arrested during a protest at Murray Goulburn's Melbourne headquarters.

Protesters went into the building demanding the co-operative support bans on genetically engineered food crops.

Police had to forcibly remove three campaigners from the premises, but several protesters remain outside.

Campaigner, Louise Sales, says the dairy giant supports the reintroduction of GE crops for use in stock feed.

'Murray Goulburn play a pivotal role in the dairy industry not only in Victoria but also in all of Australia,' she said.

'We think its important that they support clean healthy food for consumers and stand up for farmers and protect our GE free status,' she said.

'So I had a brief interchange with the managing director but he was fairly hostile and wasn't really ready to engage,' Ms Sales said.

'So we will continue to pursue a meeting with Murray Goulburn to talk about their policy,' she said.


2.Greenpeace targets dairy giant over GM
ABC Rural, 23/10/2007

Greenpeace activists are targetting a major milk processor in Melbourne, trying to halt the dairy industry's support of genetically modified crops.

Murray Goulburn, produces milk, butter and cheese, and is one of the largest processors in the country.

Earlier this year the dairy industry reversed its position on the introduction of GM crops.

Louise Sales from Greenpeace says today's protest at Murray Goulburn's headquarters is an attempt to secure a meeting with management.

'We believe they should be representing consumers, and consumers have made it clear they don't want to eat GE food,' she says.

'Opinion polls consistently show that and Murray Goulburn should be respecting the wishes of its consumers and keeping its Devondale products GE free, and supporting the extension of the food crop bans.'

No-one from Murray Goulburn has been available for comment.

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