DIG IT UP! campaign was initiated
on 18th May 2000 in response to the "accidental" planting
of GM contaminated oilseed rape in the UK.
archived website offers a record of this scandal and the DIG
IT UP! campaign which ran for 3 months.
thank you to everybody who participated in the campaign.
Government has repeatedly assured us that GM crops will not be grown
commercially in the UK until the current farm-scale trials are completed,
but now they have no intention of stopping the "accidental"
commercial growing of GM crops over vast swathes of the British
countryside. This is grossly unjust and a betrayal of public trust
in the Government.
cross-pollination between conventional and GM oilseed rape in Canada,
which has led to this contamination, proves the inadequacy of the
buffer zones around the UK crop trials.
Government has said that it intends to take no legal action against
Advanta Seeds UK, the company which sold the contaminated seeds.
French and Swedish governments have declared that these crops will
be destroyed in their countries. Why not here too?
current media coverage of this issue reflects widespread public
anger at the Government's secrecy about the "accidental"
planting of contaminated seeds and anger at its complacency about
the consequences for British farming and the environment.
DIG IT UP! campaign
hopes to mobilise the public in an overwhelming show of protest.
urge people to phone, email, send a letter, postcard, or anything,
to their MP and to Tony Blair, Nick Brown, Mo Mowlam, Baroness Hayman,
Michael Meacher and MAFF, and also to write to the newspapers and
phone radio stations, always including the demand to "DIG
three words alone will suffice, however, especially when they become
a catch-phrase. The DIG IT UP!
campaign might also include petitions, badges, t-shirts, posters,
'subvertising', demonstrations, a range of other actions - whatever
people's time allows or their imagination suggests.