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US FBI targets GM crop saboteurs

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating the destruction of genetically modified sugar beet on two plots of land leased and managed by Syngenta in the state of Oregon. Some 5,500 plants were destroyed at one site and about 1,000 plants at another site earlier this month. The financial losses are said to be significant, but the FBI is not releasing the actual estimates at this time because of the needs of the investigation. The Bureau considers the crime to be "economic sabotage and a violation of federal law involving damage to commercial agricultural enterprises". The state farming group, Oregonians for Food & Shelter, is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of those involved.

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