Extra security for Genetically Modified Poplars

The Flemish Biotechnology Institute VIB is increasing security at a field in Zwijnaarde (East Flanders) where genetically modified poplar trees are being tested. The measure follows the destruction by the Field Liberation Movement of a potato crop in Wetteren at the weekend.

The genetically modified poplars were planted a year and a half ago. The Institute says that they are a suitable source of bio fuels including bio ethanol.

The modified poplars also have a different composition allowing greater production. Paper manufacturing using these poplars is also far more environmentally friendly.

The poplar project has been a controversial one and also triggered action in the courts. The Climate and Public Health ministers attempted to stop the test, but the Council of State gave the go-ahead.