(The following is a reformatted version of an e-mailed
press release from Monsanto Co. The statement was confirmed with
the sender.) 
Monsanto Welcomes French Supreme Court Decision in Field Trial
Destruction Case 
LYON--March 27, 2013--Monsanto Co. welcomes the decision by the
French Supreme Court, announced today, to reject an appeal by
eight French activists of their earlier conviction in a case
involving destruction of Monsanto field trials. 
The decision by the French Supreme Court to reject the
activists’ appeal effectively confirms last year’s verdict by an
appeals court in Poitiers, which condemned the eight activists
of a criminal offense and held them liable for civil damages.
They were ordered to pay damages to Monsanto and to the land
owner whose property was violated as well as fines to the French
state, which brought and prosecuted the case. 
Those condemned of criminal destruction of property include José
Bové, a French activist who led the group called the “fauchers
volontaires,” or voluntary reapers. 
“Agriculture is an important part of all of our lives. While we
respect each individual’s right to express their point of view
on these topics, we believe this decision sends a strong message
that deliberate criminal damage is not a legitimate form of
civil protest,” said Catherine Lamboley, commercial lead for
Monsanto France. “As agriculture and farmers throughout the
world work to keep up with the growing demands of a growing
population, this verdict highlights the importance to
agricultural innovation of a functioning, science-based legal
and regulatory system.” 
“In France and throughout many parts of Europe, Monsanto
continues to meet the needs of our farmer customers with high-performance conventional hybrid corn, vegetable and oilseed rape
seeds,” she added. 
“Monsanto no longer conducts field experiments with genetically
modified crops in France, and has no intention of
commercializing them in France or any other country in Europe
until they enjoy widespread political and customer support and
those countries have a functioning, science-based regulatory
system. None of these conditions apply in France today,” she
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Brandon Mitchener
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