A trial plot of genetically modified rice has been destroyed by local farmers in the Philippines.
"Golden Rice" has been developed by scientists to combat vitamin A deficiency, which affects millions of children in the developing world.
The crop was just weeks away from being submitted to the authorities for a safety evaluation.
But a group of around 400 protestors attacked the field trial in the Bicol region and uprooted all the GM plants.
However, this Slate article contradicts the above two articles, and cites an interview with the Golden Rice farm manager Raul Boncodin, who claims that the alleged Philippine farmers were actually city activists in disguise. The article also cites the local Philippine government report (which is a broken link, but is archived on Wayback Machine).
So who were these attackers? Did they look like farmers? "No," replied Boncodin. "Maybe two or three of them were farmers, but the rest of them were not real farmers. I could see that this was the first time they had stepped in mud or been to a farm. They were city boys, city girls. Two of them were even sporting dyed hair. ... Would you consider a farmer having dyed hair?"
There is additional evidence beyond the physical appearance of the activists. "Real farmers will not trash a living rice plant," said Boncodin, who is a native of the region where the vandalism took place. "They have this culture that it is unlucky to kill a living rice plant," even if plants are diseased and threaten to infect the rest of the crop.
Were these vandals actual Philippine farmers?