The FBI is trying to solve who destroyed fields of genetically modified sugarbeets in southern Oregon.
The crops were destroyed over two separate nights in June. It’s unknown if the plots were destroyed by an individual or a group. The GM sugarbeets were engineered to withstand glyphosate and were being grown on plots of land leased and managed by Syngenta.
“The first act of what the FBI considers ‘economic sabotage and a violation of federal law involving damage to commercial agricultural enterprises,’ took place during the night of June 8, when about 1,000 beet plants on one property were destroyed,” OregonLive.com reported. “Three nights later, the destruction continued on another property, where another 5,500 plants were ruined.”
A spokesperson for Syngenta said the plants appeared to be destroyed by hand and that it didn’t appear that a vehicle was used.
Oregonians for Food and Shelter is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the identification, arrest and conviction of the culprits.
If you have information about the destruction, call the local offices of the FBI at 541-773-2942 during normal business hours or call the FBI in Portland anytime at 503-224-4181. Email tips to email@example.com.