Did Greenpeace mow down GM wheat AGAIN? April Fools

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I have just heard from a colleague in the UK who works at a government research facility, who gave me some disturbing news. Last night, at least two activists broke into the facility with hazmat suits and a lawn mower. According to eyewitnesses, they were wearing Greenpeace logos on their backs. Almost immediately after they started mowing down crops in the field, scientists working late at the site ran outside to see what was going on, and tried to intervene. A scuffle ensued.

Their biggest mistake, however, was leaving behind a video camera that they were using to document the vandalism, which was found at the scene. While my colleague has asked me to keep the specific location and people involved embargoed for now, they have released to me the raw video file of the incident. It is important that people see what happened so that something like this never happens again. What you are about to see is pretty shocking, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.

April Fools, of course! However, stay tuned for a discussion of Greenpeace’s moral arguments. Is it acceptable to break in and destroy GE crop experiments if you believe the end result is good? Does mere belief matter, or the actual result? Post coming up tomorrow.

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Karl earned his Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics at UW-Madison, with a minor in Life Science Communication. His dissertation was on both the genetics of sweet corn and plant genetics outreach. He recently moved back to his home state of California. His favorite produce might just be squash.