According to an article dated June 20, by Oregonlive.com, vandals have ventured into two private fields in two separate nights and destroyed over 6,000 genetically modified (GMO) sugar beets. Early in the month of June vandals destroyed a total of 6,500 GMO sugar beets. The local authorities say that the destruction does not seem to be done with a vehicle of any sorts, in fact, it looks like the destruction was done by hand!
Recently, news reports of GMO corn fields and other crops were torched by citizens of Hungary. Until now, we have not seen US citizens or any other vandals in the US destroying GMO crops, although in the world of activism this topic is routinely joked about, mainly because of the impressive stand Hungary has made. In the US, this is a crime and punishable by some serious federal time and fees.
According to the Oregonian, "Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba issued a statement about the sabotage. saying, “To my knowledge, this is the first time someone has deliberately taken the cowardly step of uprooting high value plants growing in our state. Regardless of how one feels about biotechnology, there is no justification for committing these crimes and it is not the kind of behavior we expect to see in Oregon agriculture,” Coba said."
An organization, Oregonians for Food and Shelter, has said they are offering a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the identification, conviction and arrest of the vandals. Even though the masses of the US are against genetic modification of all foods, the destruction of private fields, even if the fields are growing GMO crops, is not supported by most of the nations people.
The sugar beet fields that were destroyed were said to be Monsanto's round-up ready sugar beets. According to Syngenta's website, they are a company that is one of the world's leading companies with more than 27,000 employees in some 90 countries dedicated to their purpose which is: Bringing plant potential to life. Syngenta claims to breed, grow and sell superior quality proprietary seeds for vegetables. The sugar beets would have went to seed and produced GMO sugar beet seeds.