France: Monsanto sues anti GMO activists
Date: 19 Oct 2007
Biotechnology giant Monsanto has filed a suit against unidentified activists who, according to the company, destroyed three test sites of genetically modified crops.
Under French law, suits are able to be brought against unknown transgressors. The action comes as a result of a string of attacks during the last year which have been described as having done real damage to the process of scientific research.
The controversy has echoes of previous actions in Europe, particularly in the UK, when Monsanto - which had won public opinion broadly in its home markets - underestimated strength of feeling overseas.
Campaigners argue that it remains the company's tactic to seek to flood the world with genetically modified crops which then cannot be retrieved or stopped.
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