Monsanto sued by Kansas wheat farmer over release of unapproved GMO wheat in Oregon
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
A wheat farmer in Kansas has filed a lawsuit against Monsanto alleging that the infamous agricultural giant is guilty of gross negligence for not containing unapproved genetically modified wheat which was recently discovered in Oregon.
The farmer, Ernest Barnes, said that Monsanto’s GMO wheat has put all of the United States’ wheat export sales at risk. Meanwhile, Monsanto claims they have no clue how the “Roundup Ready” strain of wheat ended up in an Oregon field since they say they abandoned their research in 2004.
Indeed, Barnes is quite right in saying that the discovery has already impacted U.S. wheat exports. Japan canceled part of a tender to buy U.S. western white wheat. Japan is one of the largest export markets for U.S. wheat.
South Korea also suspended imports of U.S. wheat and said they would increase inspections of imports.
The EU similarly said they will test incoming shipments and will block any shipments containing GMO wheat.