“Over the course of two nights in early June, an unknown person or group of people did significant damage to two plots of land used to grow genetically engineered sugar beets in Jackson County, Oregon. The plots are on private farmland leased and managed by Syngenta,” according to FBI Portland.
Between the nights of June 8 and June 11, over 6,500 sugar beet plants were destroyed. Syngenta higher-ups are quoted as saying that people must have “destroyed the plants by hand.” But perhaps more surprising than the actual act of economic sabotage—people have been railing against GMOs going on a decade now, after all—is the remarkable lack of coverage of the incident in mainstream news sources. Meanwhile, the FBI claims Syngenta’s financial losses are significant, and the group Oregonians for Food and Shelter is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to conviction of the perpetrator.
But search the Internet for “Oregon sugar beets destroyed” and aside from the occasional local news source, the first few pages of search results link to politically subversive sites like Food World Order, Blacklisted News, and Democratic Underground. Giving the benefit of the doubt, perhaps media outlets are holding back until the whys and whos are more definitively answered. Perhaps 6,500 GMO sugar beets destroyed in the night simply isn’t news until the Earth Liberation Front claims responsibility.
By Mica Habarad