February 15, 1997 in Nation/World

Greenpeace Blocks Release Of U.S. Corn

Compiled From Wire Services

Greenpeace activists blocked the release of genetically modified, U.S.-grown corn from a port warehouse Friday.

About 30 Greenpeace followers chained themselves to the doors of a warehouse in the Atlantic port of St. Nazaire to keep the disease-resistant corn from leaving the dock.

The environmental group’s protest comes a week after Luxembourg and Austria banned imports of the corn and two days after France forbade its farmers to grow the product.

Greenpeace contends it may harm consumers and its disease-resistance could spread to weeds and pests, making them more difficult to control.

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