Anti-Biotech Arsonist Sentenced

Marie Mason, an activist who helped set a fire to protest research on biotech crops was sentenced last week to nearly 22 years in prison. Mason was deemed responsible for the explosion and fire that caused more than $1 million in damage to Michigan State University’s (MSU) Agriculture Hall on New Year’s Eve 1999.

U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney said the case, which was prosecuted as domestic terrorism, was “about an abandonment of the marketplace of ideas.”

Mason targeted an MSU campus office that held records on research related to moth-resistant potatoes for poor parts of Africa. The 47-year-old woman had acted on behalf of the radical group Earth Liberation Front (ELF), which has been implicated in a wave of similar crimes, mostly in the Western part of the world.

(Source: Agricultural Retailer Association’s Retailer Fact$)

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