Vandals who go by the name Faucheurs Volontaires (Volunteer Reapers) destroyed a field trial of high-oleic sunflowers claiming they were herbicide tolerant therefore GMOs under last year's European Court of Justice decision that all biotechnology except chemical and radiation baths to create new strains - mutagenesis - are to be considered GMOs.

But such crops are actually still legal under the ruling and the sunflowers were not even herbicide resistant.

Volunteer Reapers have been given a lot of positive publicity by French media and have refused to urge the French government to condemn the group's violent actions in the past. Perhaps this new act of domestic terrorism will change their minds.

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