CANBERRA, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Greenpeace protesters on Thursday broken into a Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) experimental farm in Canberra and destroyed genetically modified (GM) wheat.
Early on Thursday morning, a group of Greenpeace protesters scaled the fence of the CSIRO experimental station at Ginninderra in the Canberra's north. They claimed to have destroyed the entire crop of GM wheat in the raid, which began around 6:30 a.m. (AEST) Thursday morning.
Greenpeace said it has taken action because of concerns over health, cross-contamination and the secrecy surrounding the experiments.
According to Greenpeace Food campaigner Laura Kelly, the federal government needs to put an end to testing GM wheat in Australia.
She said parts of the United States and many countries throughout Europe have already rejected the crop, and Australia should do the same.
"No one is looking after the health of Australians. (Prime Minister) Julia Gillard isn't standing up to foreign GM countries to protect our daily bread so Greenpeace has to," she said in a statement on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Australia Capital Territory Greens Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) Shane Rattenbury citing Greenpeace's long-held opposition to GM crops, saying that he is not surprised the group has taken such action.