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ODA Director issues statement on genetically engineered crop destruction

Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba has issued the following statement regarding the criminal destruction of genetically engineered sugar beets in Jackson County, which is now under investigation by the FBI:

“I am shocked and disappointed to learn about the acts of vandalism and destruction against sugar beet seed fields that have taken place earlier this month in Southern Oregon. 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. I urge anyone who has information regarding these crimes to report it to the FBI.”

FBI news release

PDF version of Director's statement