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Non-GM sunflowers destroyed again in France

A group of activists has destroyed an experimental field of sunflowers produced through mutagenesis in the French region of Drôme, which they claimed contained “hidden GMOs”, reports French newswire AFP. The sunflowers were being tested for finding solutions to ragweed ( Ambrosia artemisiifolia) infestation. This is the second such act of vandalism in a bid to include plants produced through mutagenesis within the ambit of genetically modified crops. A sunflower field at Feyzin in the Rhone region was destroyed last month ( Agrow No 622, p 14). A parliamentary committee monitoring the risk of ragweed has denounced the action as an act of vandalism. It finds the destruction “irresponsible” as the trial was “a step forward in the fight against ragweed”, which is a “major public health problem” and a cause of allergy to 12% of the population. It holds the vandals answerable to all allergy sufferers in the country.

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