UK court fines GMO vandal
A UK court has imposed a £4,300 ($6,750) fine on a man for vandalising field trials on genetically modified insect-resistant wheat being conducted by UK-based research centre Rothamsted Research (Harpenden, Hertfordshire). The destruction of property took place in May ( Agrow No 641, p 13). The fine by the UK Central Hertfordshire Magistrates' Court in St Albans includes £3,850 ($6,043) compensation to Rothamsted. The man told magistrates that he had entered the research centre as scientists there would not discuss the "dangers" of growing GM crops, reports the UK news service, the BBC. Before the destruction of the property in May, scientists from Rothamsted wrote an open letter to activist groups offering to provide a platform where representatives from the groups and the research centre could present their perspectives on the issue ( Agrow No 639, p 10).