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Thursday, 6 April, 2000, 15:03 GMT 16:03 UK
'Guerrilla gardeners' in Assembly protest
Organic protest
Protesters set up a symbolic vegetable patch
A group of self-styled "guerrilla gardeners" are protesting about a decision to allow genetically-modified crops to be grown in Wales.

The environmental activists have set up a symbolic vegetable patch on the doorstep of the Welsh Assembly to draw attention to their protest.

They say public opinion is opposed to GM food and believe organic produce should be more widely available.


Protesters
Protesters say public opinion is opposed to GM food
"Welsh farmers and Welsh people have missed out on a golden opportunity to keep Wales GM-free," said environmental campaigner Mark Moon.

"We've missed out on a huge marketing opportunity for organic produce here in Wales."

The protesters are angry that Agriculture Secretary Christine Gwyther has given permission for GM maize to go on trial in Wales.

They said she was out of step with public opinion.

'People power'

The group plans further protests and wants to meet Assembly Members to discuss their fears.

"I think that people power is starting to take over," said environmental campaigner Jeff Cornock.

"People are more aware of what they're actually eating because there have been so many food scares over the past couple of years."

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