Syngenta GMO Sugar Beets Destroyed In Southern Oregon

It’s criminal, but “free the fields” actions are exactly how GMOs have been kept in check in Europe.

Good job!

Genetically engineered sugar beets destroyed in southern Oregon (OregonLive, June 20, 2013):

Federal investigators are asking the public to help solve middle-of-the-night crimes that left ruined fields of genetically engineered sugar beets in rural Jackson County.

The crop destruction took place over the course of two separate nights in early June, when an unknown individual or group destroyed about 6,500 sugar beet plants genetically engineered to stand up to the herbicide Roundup on a pair of privately-owned plots of land leased and managed by Syngenta.

The first act of what the FBI considers “economic sabotage and a violation of federal law involving damage to commercial agricultural enterprises,” took place during the night of June 8, when about 1,000 sugar beet plants on one property were destroyed. Three nights later, the destruction continued on another property, where another 5,500 plants were ruined.

“It doesn’t look like a vehicle was used. It looks like people entered the field and destroyed the plants by hand,” said Paul Minehart, head of corporate communications in North America for Syngenta, a global agriculture corporation based in Basel, Switzerland.

Estimates for the damage were not specified but the financial losses are significant, according to FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele.

A group, Oregonians for Food and Shelter, is offering a reward up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the culprits.

Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba issued a statement about the sabotage.

“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.

More than decade ago, environmental saboteurs vandalized experimental crops across the country in a revolt against high-tech agriculture.

Foes of genetic engineering also struck in 2000, when members of the Earth Liberation Front, with roots in Oregon, set fire to agriculture offices at Michigan State University. ELF’s position was that genetic engineering was “one of the many threats to the natural world as we know it.”

Have information about the destruction? Ring the local offices of the FBI at (541) 773-2942 during normal business hours or call the FBI in Portland anytime at (503) 224-4181

Tips may also be emailed to [email protected]

6 thoughts on “Syngenta GMO Sugar Beets Destroyed In Southern Oregon”

  1. Which is more cowardly,

    refusing to give customers freedom of choice by not labelling GMO tainted food products, and permitting Global Agri to experiment without supervision?


    Destroying GMO products which growing evidence shows are dangerous to humans, bees, the environment, water table etc

  2. i would compare this to the boston tea party.

    these crops need to be eliminated. by any means necessary.

    and they wouldn’t even be growing here if our justice system wasn’t thrown in the garbage when the USDA gave a run around waiver after a court of appeals said first ‘DON’T plant them’ and then when they did said ‘RIP THEM OUT’.

    so, if USDA and DoJ can ignore an appellate court ruling, this is what they get.

  3. The US Court of Appeals already rules against this poison passed as food so it is actually syngenta AND Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba who are breaking the law and the peoples trust. By the statement from Katy Coba she demonstrates who’s interests she actually works for, SYNGENTA. Time to investigate Katy Cobas professional and financial ties to the biotech industry.
    The real question is how exactly does federal law apply to private property located within the boundaries of Oregon State? Not federal land, no interstate commerce, what is the federal nexus?
    BTW you Katy Coba are the coward and liar.


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