Addressing the crowd of protesters (organisers claim there were 400, while a report in the Independent says there were "about 200"), Kate Bell of Take The Flour Back expressed her disappointment that the group had been denied access to the wheat field:
“In the past, kids, grannies, and everyone in between has decontaminated GM trial sites together. Here at the beginning of a new resistance to this obsolete technology, we see GM hidden behind a fortress. We wanted to do the responsible thing and remove the threat of GM contamination, sadly it wasn’t possible to do that effectively today. However, we stand arm in arm with farmers and growers from around the world, who are prepared to risk their freedom to stop the imposition of GM crops.”Meanwhile, scientists appealed for activists to allow them to get on with their work. Speaking to the Guardian, Professor Douglas Kell, chief executive of the wheat trial's funding body, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), said he hoped threats of vandalism could be avoided in the future:
"Now that the protest at Rothamsted has ended peacefully I hope that the BBSRC-funded scientists can be allowed to complete their project without the ongoing threat that their work will be destroyed. As scientists, we do not claim to have all the answers. However, our scientific community must be able to conduct regulated and approved trials and experiments without the threat of vandalism hanging over them."