Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Farmer holds tractor protest over GM crops

A FARMER from Whitchurch has expanded his crusade against genetically modified crops.

A FARMER from Whitchurch has expanded his crusade against genetically modified crops.

Sir Julian Rose, owner of Path Hill Farm on the Hardwick Estate, is staging a protest to support Polish farmers tomorrow (Saturday).

The 65-year-old, who declared his estate a GMO-free zone last month, will drive a tractor from his farm to Reading.

The vehicle will be decorated with Polish flags and slogans opposing genetic engineering.

Sir Julian has invited fellow protesters to come to his farm and hand out leaflets to visitors.

He has organised the event in partnership with the International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside, of which he is president. Coalition founder and Goldman Prize Laureate Jadwiga Lopatais will also attend.Sir Julian says international corporations are snapping up prime Polish farmland to grow the genetically modified crops.

In protest, farmers are blockading towns in the north-west of the country and calling on the government to block the sales.

Sir Julian said: “The issues that Polish farmers are defending impact upon all of us. Good farmland is increasingly under threat from corporate greed and most national agricultural policies are completely out of step with public demand.

“Governments are far too often complicit in supporting the corporate position.”

His tractor will leave the Hardwick Estate at 11am followed by supporters in a convoy.

He has organised the event in partnership with the International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside, of which he is president. Coalition founder and Goldman Prize Laureate Jadwiga Lopatais will also attend.Sir Julian says international corporations are snapping up prime Polish farmland to grow the genetically modified crops.

In protest, farmers are blockading towns in the north-west of the country and calling on the government to block the sales.

Sir Julian said: “The issues that Polish farmers are defending impact upon all of us. Good farmland is increasingly under threat from corporate greed and most national agricultural policies are completely out of step with public demand.

“Governments are far too often complicit in supporting the corporate position.”

His tractor will leave the Hardwick Estate at 11am followed by supporters in a convoy.

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