French MON810 field destroyed by activists
A field growing Monsanto’s genetically modified insect-resistant MON810 maize has been destroyed by anti-GMO activists. The sowing in the field in the Haut-Garonne region was carried out using seeds purchased in Spain before a French ban on MON810 was imposed in March (Agrow No 685, p 15). The Ministry of Agriculture seems to have acquiesced in the act by self-appointed custodians of the law by saying that inspections have been carried out and interim analysis results confirm that the crop was of GM maize. Final results are expected next week. The seedlings from the field would be destroyed in that case. The general association of maize growers, the AGPM, has pointed out that the field was sown legally and in compliance with rules in force before the ban. The association has called this an act of mob rule, which has resulted from bad political management combined with a "lax silence" of government and the "lack of real and financial criminal convictions".