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Monday 18th February 2002 - National Day of Action against Scotts

Corwen peat (national day of) action
Across the UK offices, factories and peat extraction sites belonging to The Scotts Company (the world's largest horticultural company) were today occupied or disrupted by activists protesting against the continued destruction of rare raised peat bog habitats. Seven facilities belonging to Scotts were targeted by Peat Alert, a recently-formed national campaign network, which aims to stop peat extraction in the UK and Europe. "We want Scotts to know that they cannot continue decimating our wild places without attracting this type of disruptive opposition", said Danielle Locke, a spokesperson for the network.

Hatfield Moor peat works disrupted

26/11/2001 Work stopped for 3 hours at Hatfield Moor Works

On Monday 26th November a group of around 30 people entered the site of the Scotts Company UK Ltd.

As work on the surrounding peat moorland has stopped for the winter, the action was concentrated on the adjacent works, where peat is processed and bagged for sending off to farmers and garden centres around the countries.

Hatfield Moor peat mining halted

21/10/2001

Ten people from Nottingham visited Hatfield Moor as their part of the days of action against peat mining.

Despite a large amount of pre publicity there was no police presence when we arrived and we entered the moor with no hassle.

late August mass peat trespass

25.08.01

On Saturday the 25th August during the Northern Green Gathering a Mass Trespass was planned.

About 70 people left the gathering and met up with a few people from The Ramblers and other local conservation groups. There was a very low police presence, which was generally ignored and the majority of people trespassed onto the moor. A 'Bog off Scotts' banner was held up for photos.

Pixeing & a game of chicken at t'peat works

12.08.01

On Sunday the 12th August, about 15 people visited the peat works unannounced, finding it almost deserted and wandering around for about 15 minutes before finding any workers.

During this time, all the keys from the key safe and ignition keys for most of the machines disappeared and ended up at the bottom of drains and the engine of one of the two peat-moving trains got sand in the petrol tank.

Peat works shut down for 3 days

8/01

An action was planned to coincide with the EF! Gathering at the start of August.
A group of about 30 people headed off to the peat works after another action against prison labour in solidarity with Mark Barnsley.

The night-dwelling Fairies visit Thorne Moor

07/01 - on Thorne Moor

During July a couple of groups visited the moor at night and managed to find a pumping machine and move the hose, creating a mire on the track, the idea being to making it impassable for their machinery.

Another mass trespass to protect the peat bogs of midgy Yorkshire

26.6.01

We met up the night before for a briefing, giving out information about exactly what is at stake and the most effective things that can be done to disrupt work.

We camped for the night in the nature reserve just round the corner, getting eaten alive by small flying biting things.

Mass Trespass to protect peat

Scotts stop peat extraction message delivery
and onto the moor
26/5/2001

This event was timed to coincide with the start of the peat-cutting season, which can only begin when the peat has dried out enough.

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.

FARMERS STORM MONSANTO/BURN + PULL UP GE CROPS ROUND THE WORLD

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.

ONE DOWN . . . HAPPY NEW YEAR 2001 AVENTIS

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.

GM FOWL ARE REVOLTING (2000)

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.