Anti-GMO ‘volunteer reapers’ destroy experimental crops, claiming research violates EU biotech rules

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French anti-biotech group destroys research field trial—of non-GMO crops

Individuals claiming to be volunteer mowers destroyed two test plots of oleic sunflower on August 13 in the Hérault [France]. The seed company asked public authorities to respond to these acts of vandalism penalizing perfectly legal research activities.

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On August 13, two experimental plots  …. at a farmer’s field were destroyed by individuals claiming to be volunteer mowers on the grounds that they were herbicide tolerant varieties (HTV). ” Containing no HTV, the two plots destroyed were intended for the production of oleic oil, sought for its nutritional qualities, including organic farming,” said RAGT Seeds in a statement, adding in passing “that the cultivation of varieties VTH is perfectly legal in France.”

Read full, original article: RAGT Seeds denounces destruction of non-HTV test plots

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