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Philippines: Department of Agriculture to sue ‘paid residents’ who destroyed Golden Rice

Vandalized Golden Rice field trial. via DA-RFU 5 Public Information Unit
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SAN PEDRO, Laguna, Philippines—The Department of Agriculture (DA) is building up a case against a group of farmers responsible for the August 8 attack on a field testing site of the controversial Golden Rice in Pili, Camarines Sur.

As of Thursday, the police have identified six persons from a horde of anti-GMO (genetically modified organism) activists, who forced their way into the DA’s experiment plot and uprooted the crops being tested there.

Chief Insp. Benjamin Spana, the police chief of Pili, declined to release their names until a formal case of malicious mischief and damage to property is lodged in the court.

He, however, said the DA has placed the cost of the damage at P1.3 million.

Read the full, original story here: “DA to sue ‘paid residents, not farmers’ over destroyed GMO crops”

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