French Ministers assure funding for destroyed GM grapevine trials
French Ministers for Agriculture and for Higher Education and Research have assured funding for the restart of field trials of genetically modified fanleaf virus-resistant grapevine rootstock, which were destroyed by anti-GMO activists last month ( Agrow No 598, p 17). The trials were being conducted by the French national institute for agricultural research, the INRA. The Ministers have estimated the financial costs resulting from the destruction of the fields and the “injury to science” to be in the region of €1.2 million ($1.6 million). Some 60% of French vineyards are affected by the disease, which costs wine makers around €800 million ($1,050 million) annually, they say.