25 May '12, 2pm

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If the organisers of this weekend’s Take the Flour Back protest against the genetically modified wheat trial at Rothamsted in Hertfordshire were hoping for a bit of publicity ahead of the event, they won’t have been disappointed. The protesters threat to 'decontaminate' the trial, if they got the chance, followed by an organic farmer’s solo effort to cut off the heads of some of the GM wheat plants last weekend, has triggered a wave of media hysteria. 'People will starve to death because of anti-GM zealotry,' screamed a headline in the Daily Telegraph, while a piece in The Times called on the Government to stand up to 'anarchy and vandalism' and those whose only mandate is 'hatred of science.' Professor Maurice Moloney – the director of Rothamsted Research, who are running the trial – told The Observer he feared we could be entering a new dark age, while the NFU’s presiden...

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