genetic engineering

Bilston Glen Protest Site update, spring 2004

Bilston Glen protest camp sign

Here's a short update from our camp:

Here at Bilston Glen Anti-Bypass Protest Site we get more sorted for every day that passes by. More defences are coming up constantly and the standard of the camp is steadily improving. We have a new kitchen, a new info-space, a well sorted and cosy communal, a new guest house and a new shower. We're currently building a huge communal tree-house and some other tree-houses are also underway. For three months we've been organizing "Sunday Free Cafes" (open days) the first sunday every month, which we intend to continue with. Spring is here, the birds are singing and the leaves are coming out, we're looking forward to the summer. The 1-4 of July we're inviting like-minded for a green anarchist gathering to discuss how to fight the megamachine and learn primitive skills.

Phone and Email Blockade of Bayer Cropscience


Monday 22nd of March saw a phone and email blockade of Bayer Cropscience, aimed at undermining their communications and disrupting the smooth running of their offices.

The direct line of Paul Rylott, the head of Bioscience, was chosen along with the main Cropscience email adrress. Unfortunately Rylott's line appeared to have been disconected so for the rest of the day it was the backup number - for the bioscience department - which was called instead. It is not known how many people took part in this action but we must have caused some bother as the operator was taken off the phone early in the day and the answerphone switched on instead. Hopefully when they listened to it it was full of anti-gm messages. Hundreds of emails were also sent.


Phone 01223 252514 - direct line of Paul Rylott, head of Bayer Bioscience.

Paul Rylott may have been sacked by Bayer but he's not gone yet! And he is still one of the key players in the attempt to bring GM crops into Britain.

Bayer works in Widness spray painted


Anti-gm slogans were spray painted on a wall and sign at the Bayer Crop Science works in Widness.

Just a small action I know, but at least it lets them know we're still here.

More info on the campaign against Bayer can be found at

More sabotage of Bayer


Locks jammed at Bayer Crop Science in North Yorkshire

On the 30th of January the Bayer Crop Science facility in North Newbalds, North Yorkshire had all its locks jammed with metal and superglue.

2,000 Women Protest Against GM Food, Blockade Supermarket in Brazil

Amidst widescale protests against corporate control of the food chain 2,000 Brazilian women blockaded a supermarket 800 miles south of Brasilia in a protest against genetically engineered food

March 8, 2001

Farmers take animals to Milan McDonald's for GM protest

3 March 2001 - Agence France Presse March 3, 2001

The manager of a McDonald's restaurant in Milan was injured Saturday when farmers - along with a cow, a pig and two chickens - staged an impromptu protest over genetically-modified food products. The cow slipped on the restaurant floor, accidentally hitting the manager with a hoof, Ansa news agency reported. The unidentified farmers left the scene a few minutes later in a van.

Protesters break into farm lab, make off with suspected GMO samples

ROME, - Agence France Presse 3 March 2001

Militants opposed to research into genetically modified organisms (GMOs) broke into a farm laboratory in northeast Italy Saturday as Group of Eight (G8) environment ministers met in Trieste to find a compromise over a UN treaty on global warming.


As the West tries to bully Third World governments into using GM crops, peasant farmers around the world are denouncing products that would increase economic dependency, destroy the livelihoods of all but a privileged few farmers, and replace locally controlled food production with corporate-controlled monoculture for export.


On Sunday 7th January 2001 part of a farm-scale trial site at Harbury in Herefordshire was destroyed by 'Two Peasants, a Pixie and a Pair of Marigolds'. The five entered the field shortly before midnight and during four hours pulled up about 200sq metres of oilseed rape.


Six days before Xmas, 20 people dressed as turkeys and equipped with D-locks and arm tubes, halted two lorries in the entrance of one of Asda's UK distribution centres.

With their 'just in time' restocking and one truck arriving every few minutes, the two-hour blockade at Dartford was deemed to have been pretty costly to Asda. Clearing the backlog would have taken some time.

Trees Action and Forest Biotech 99 Conference, Oxford

The campaign against GE in forestry kicked off the week of the Forest Biotech 99 conference, with news that AstraZeneca's plantation of GM poplar trees had been felled and ring-barked by eco-lumberjacks. These trees have a reduced lignin content which the industry claims, in typical greenwash language, means there will be less pollution from pulp processing.

GenetiX Snowball break their injunctions (1999)

On 5th August three members from GenetiX Snowball openly and accountably trashed an AgrEvo test site, breaking an injunction served against them. They took the bagged up crops to AgrEvil's HQ in Norfolk where the staff were totally phased, despite the fact that they had been sent a letter saying they were going to break their injunctions.

Smash Genetix Action in Lincolnshire (July 1999)

As with the Greenpeace action the previous week, the Smash Genetix action was targeted at GM fodder maize. Unlike its oilseed rape, AgrEvo's GM maize already has consent to be grown in the European Union. This means that the government is under no obligation to inform the public, or other farmers or bee-keepers about where it is being grown.