French court fines MEP for GMO destruction
A French criminal court in Marmande has fined French Member of the European Parliament José Bové and three others €6,000 ($8,193) each for destroying field trials of Monsanto’s genetically modified maize in 2006, reports French newswire Agrisalon. The trials were being conducted on a 9 ha plot at Grézet-Cavagna in the French region of Lot-et-Garonne. The MEP has been fined €50 ($68) per day for 120 days and would face a two-month prison term if failed to pay the fine. A two-month suspended sentence was imposed on 82 other people involved in the destruction. Agrisalon calls it the most important trial of anti-GMO activists ever held in France.