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Thai court dismisses Greenpeace suit against ag department

Thailand’s Supreme Administrative Court has dismissed environmentalist group Greenpeace’s long-running lawsuit against the Department of Agriculture for alleged negligence in relation to a demonstration plot of genetically modified papayas, reports national newspaper The Nation. The verdict upheld the 2008 Central Administrative Court’s ruling that the Department had taken necessary legal steps to curb widespread use of the GM plants, had cancelled the distribution of GM papaya seeds to farmers and took steps to eradicate GM papaya trees in 2004. Greenpeace filed a lawsuit in 2006 against the Department for alleged negligence in testing GM papayas at its research site in Khon Kaen province in 2004, which reportedly led to the contamination of nearby farms. Unhappy with the Central Administrative Court’s ruling in 2008, Greenpeace appealed to the Supreme Administrative Court claiming that there was no clear evidence whether GM papaya trees and seeds had been completely destroyed.

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