Activists Blockade Largest Animal Feed Co in UK

Activists Blockade Largest Animal Feed Co in UK

Press Association
December 14, 2001


By Chris Court, PA News

Protesters dressed as Father Christmas and pigs today blockaded a feed mill where they claimed genetically engineered soya was used in its products.

Ten members of the Southerners United to Resist Genetic Engineering (Surge) chained themselves together for their five-hour
protest on the BOCM Paul's feed mill at the Sowton industrial estate in Exeter, Devon. A spokesman said they were "encouraging the company to stop using genetically engineered soya in its products by closing the mill for the day and highlighting that GM is sneaked into our food through UK animal feed".

The blockade at the mill, the target of a similar protest last year, is part of an ongoing national campaign by many organisations
against GM animal feed.

The Surge spokesman said BOCM Paul's was the UK's largest feed producer.

One of the pig-costumed protesters said three-quarters of the world's GM crops now reached us through the "back door" via animal feed.

This was because meat, cheese, milk and eggs from GM-fed animals are still not labelled.

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