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GM wheat trial protests

Hundreds of protesters have gathered near a scientific research centre where a genetically modified wheat crop is being grown. Security around the site in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, has been increased.

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Crop centre to proceed with project 'without further threats'

We are pleased that the protest in Rothamsted Park this afternoon has been peaceful and that both supporters and opponents had the chance to make their voices heard. We have worked closely with the Hertfordshire Constabulary and are very grateful for their support to protect any illegal damage to our experiments and facilitating this peaceful protest.

The police and security response was necessary to prevent the destruction of our work and, with the constant threats to 'decontaminate' our experiment as well as the vandalism last weekend, it was important to ensure a safe afternoon for our staff, visitors and protestors alike. We hope we can now proceed with this BBSRC-funded project without any further threats to find some answers to the question of reducing the use of harmful insecticides in wheat crops, benefitting future generations and the environment.

– Rothamsted Research statement

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