You can find out if you have a trial site near you on the test sites pages, by visiting the Friends of the Earth website at http://www.foe.co.uk/camps/foodbio/queries, or alternatively by calling the Department of Environment Transport and the Regions (DETR) biotechnology unit:
A large number of trial sites have been decontaminated. Please check with the GEN office for up to the minute information on whether a given trial site has been decontaminated - this could save you a lot of time trying to identify a trial site that no longer exists! Don't forget to tell us if you know of a decontaminated trial site.
Previous actions at trial sites (beware - some of the actions outlined below have resulted in arrest)
- Symbolic actions
These have included surrounding test-sites, marches to fields, and rallies of public concern. Maybe a well known personality who is against genetic engineering could lead a walk to the site and give a talk.
- Citizen's inspection of the site
This has involved measuring the barrier crop, taking samples to check for cross pollination and putting up biohazard signs. If you are planning a citizen's inspection, get a copy of the regulations for deliberate releases and talk to a scientist.
- Scarecrows, fields taped off as biohazards
- Organic picnic / harvest festivals near the field with speakers, entertainment, safe food.
- Obstructing planting of GM crops
Banners and direct action. People have even chained themselved onto planting equipment.
- Crop Circles
For further details, see http://www.head-space.com/circlemakers/. Remember that anything that comes into contact with test-sites or their surroundings is a potential source of contamination.
- Crop destruction
Crops have been pulled up / destroyed in a variety of different circumstances - small groups, large groups, accountable, and non-accountable.
- Similar non-GM seeds and plants have been sown amongst the crop on site to disrupt trials.
- Crop squat
GE test sites and potential test-sites have been occupied.
- Set up a petition
Set up a petition calling on the farmer and the company not to hold the test as the environmental effects are unknown.
- Local Public meeting
Invite the farmer,company, campaigners, local radio etc
- Put the field on trial
Arrange a trial by public jury near to the site. Appoint a judge and people to lead the case for and against gene-foods. Invite comment and opinions from audience.
Please tell the GEN office if you know of a trial site that has been decontaminated. See GEN's contact details.