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Protesters destroy grape vines


August 19, 2010
By Fuit & Veggie

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Protesters destroy grape vines
Protesters destroyed the vines of genetically
modified grapes at a government research site in eastern France.

August 16, 2010, Paris – Protesters destroyed the vines of genetically modified grapes at a government research site in eastern France.

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The security chief for the Haut-Rhin region, Jean-Christophe Bertrand, told Europe-1 radio that 50 people were detained after the incident on August 15.

The government ministers for the environment, agriculture and research condemned the “intentional destruction” at the National Institute for Agronomic Research in Colmar.

In a statement, the ministers said the research on the biotech vines posed no risk to health or the environment, and was meant in part to study a virus that damages grapevines.

French environmental activists have routinely destroyed fields of genetically modified crops.