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Protest Creates Onlooker Traffic Delays In Durham

Posted October 29, 2001 1:04 a.m. EST

— Motorists on their way to work got an eyeful in Durham Monday morning.

A group of about 20 people staged a protest and hung banners from the Miami Boulevard overpass at Interstate 40 at 8 a.m. Monday. Highway Patrol troopers, concerned about distracted drivers, moved the group further down the road.

Uwharrie Earth First members want to bring awareness to what they say is the danger of biotechnology.

"We're here protesting bioengineering of our food supply. A small handful of corporations, a lot of which are based in Research Triangle Park, are taking over the world food supply and genetically engineering it for their own profits," said Dane Kuppinger of Uwharrie Earth First. "We don't think that's good for us or good for the health of the planet, and we're here to call attention to that and tell them we want it to stop right now."

There was at least one traffic accident caused by a driver watching the group.