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NEWS: French Activist Jailed Over Destruction Of GM Crop During Protest.

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posted on Nov, 15 2005 @ 05:19 PM
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A French anti globalization protester has been jailed for four months in France after standing trial for uprooting a genetically modified crop in a Menville field, west of Toulouse. Several hundred people took part in the protest with the protester Jose Bove, which saw 8 people stand trial on charges over the event. One other protester, an 85 year old farmer, was freed due to his age with the other leaders of the protest receiving suspended sentences. Bove has stated he is considering running for president of france n 2007.
 



www.news.com.au

FRENCH anti-globalisation activist Jose Bove was handed a four-month jail sentence by an appeals court today for destroying genetically modified (GM) crops.

Lawyers for the defence had requested that all of the 222 people who originally turned themselves in to police face charges over the incident, but an appeals court ruled in April that only the ringleaders should stand trial.

Appearing in court in September, Bove told reporters he was delighted to have the chance to "alert public opinion about the dangers of GM farming".

A leader of the radical Farmers' Confederation trade union, Bove was imprisoned for five weeks in 2003 for uprooting GM crops.





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Well he certainly achieved what he set out to achieve, that is global awareness of an issue we should be looking long and hard up and weighing the benefits against the downfalls of GM crops.

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[edit on 15-11-2005 by Mayet]




posted on Nov, 15 2005 @ 06:12 PM
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Originally posted by Mayet
Well he certainly achieved what he set out to achieve, that is global awareness of an issue we should be looking long and hard up and weighing the benefits against the downfalls of GM crops.


The only negative of GM crops proven by this "protest" is that they can attract some crazy lefties who destroy your farm.


A definite drawback, but hardly a reason to prohibit their use.

To me, it sounds like these French protests are based more on resentment towards reductions in subsidies and the reality of the global market than really being against GM crops....that's just a ruse IMO.

[edit on 11/15/2005 by djohnsto77]



posted on Nov, 15 2005 @ 06:29 PM
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Originally posted by djohnsto77
...A definite drawback, but hardly a reason to prohibit their use...


In America the battle over GM food isn't even about prohibiting anything, it's about having that food be labelled so that you and I as educated consumers can make the decision to eat it or not for ourselves.

Right now the only way you can avoid eating GM food here is by shopping exclusively at the organic food store. Not very many people can afford that.

GM food should be labelled just like meat that has been hormone treated or fed the body parts of it's own dead (mad cow). It's sad that the farmer special interest groups have barred regulations on something as important as OUR FOOD for so long.

We're all gonna die anyways, it's just as well that it's from a McDonald's CJD burger than heart disease or cancer.



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