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Monsanto sued by Kansas wheat farmer over release of unapproved GMO wheat in Oregon

Madison Ruppert
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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.

http://endthelie.com/2013/06/04/mons...heat-survived/

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.

http://endthelie.com/2013/05/31/mons...europe-report/

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...0EB1JC20130530

South Korea also suspended imports of U.S. wheat and said they would increase inspections of imports.

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-styl...icle-1.1359806

The EU similarly said they will test incoming shipments and will block any shipments containing GMO wheat.

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/eu-test-u-w...100808757.html

“Monsanto has released GE (genetically engineered) wheat into the non-genetically modified wheat population,” Barnes’ petition states.

The “plaintiff has been harmed by any and all Monsanto GE wheat because it has impacted wheat exports and the price of wheat,” the petition adds, according to Reuters.

http://news.yahoo.com/kansas-wheat-f...155201442.html

The unfortunate reality is that the scale of the spread of Monsanto’s unapproved GMO wheat is not quite known at this point.


Reuters points out that it is not even known if it “has contaminated food supplies” leading to multiple countries backing away from purchasing U.S. wheat.

While the lawsuit does not state a specific claim for damages, it does say that the amount in dispute exceeds $75,000.

Barnes seeks damages to be determined at trial, according to the Associated Press. However, AP notes that Warren Burns, one of Barnes’ attorneys, said that the scope of damages is potentially in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/...wheat/2388957/

While the U.S. Department of Agriculture claims that Oregon wheat is safe to eat and that there is no evidence showing that the GMO wheat entered the marketplace, entire countries apparently aren’t willing to take their word for it.

“These types of suits serve the purpose of helping police the agricultural system we have in place and make sure farmers are protected,” Burns told AP.

While Barnes’ lawsuit is believed to be the first in response to the discovery, his attorney said that
similar suits are in the works, according to AP.

The cases may be consolidated to make the process of discovery easier. Discovery involves obtaining, investigating and sharing evidence among parties.

As expected, Monsanto has been critical of the lawsuit.

“Tractor-chasing lawyers have prematurely filed suit without any evidence of fault and in advance of the crop’s harvest,” David Snively, Monsanto executive vice president and general counsel, said.

Monsanto claims that they followed a “government-directed, rigorous, well-documented and audited” process of closing out their GMO wheat program.

They pointed out that on average wheat seed is only viable for one or two years in the soil. One must wonder then, where did the contamination come from if the program was so rigorously closed out some nine years ago?

Monsanto claims that they are not to be held liable for the contaminated crop because they took so much care to prevent contamination.

“Given the care undertaken, no legal liability exists and the company will present a vigorous defense,” Monsanto said in a statement

Obviously the contamination still happened so it’s unclear just how much care was actually taken.

The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Monti Belot of the U.S. District Court in Wichita, Kansas.

Burns said that he thinks the lawsuit will remain in U.S. District Court in Kansas due to the “tremendous amount of harm [that] has fallen on Kansas and Kansas farms.”

“We view it as very important to maintaining farmers and maintaining the way of life they lead which is very important not only to this country but countries around the world to which we export,” Burns said.

“It is hard to underestimate the importance of the American wheat crop in sustaining people around the globe,” Burns added, according to AP.

If the unapproved GMO wheat is found to be more widespread than the initial discovery in Oregon, the U.S. wheat exports estimated to be worth around $9 billion this year could be put at even greater risk.


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Old 06-05-2013, 04:51 AM   #2
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I don't have a problem with GMO foods so I'm just going to give a few random thoughts...

Humans have genetically modified crops since they have grown them.

GMO is just getting to the point faster than normal selective breeding.

Usually those that complain the most about GMO, couldn't even give the most basic of understanding between what genotypes or phenotypes are.

Organic or Veganic. Which method do you prefer?

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Old 06-05-2013, 08:12 AM   #3
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I don't have a problem with GMO foods so I'm just going to give a few random thoughts...

Humans have genetically modified crops since they have grown them.

GMO is just getting to the point faster than normal selective breeding.
Selective breeding is NOT the same as GMO.
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:50 AM   #4
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:58 AM   #5
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Monsanto reiterated its full support to the U.S. wheat industry and regulatory authorities in the United States and wheat importing countries following the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s reported detection of the original Roundup Ready wheat trait, technically referred to as the MON71800 event, growing in a single unplanted field in Oregon.
Monsanto has provided a validated testing method for the original Roundup Ready wheat trait to the USDA, and, more recently, to government regulators in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the European Union as requested. The method will provide these governments with the opportunity to precisely and accurately test for the original Roundup Ready wheat trait, and distinguish it from traits that are already approved and widely used in other crops.
The company said the test, which was designed in line with rigorous global testing protocols, is more reliable than currently available tests designed for testing other crops since it pinpoints the specific trait in question. The company noted that these existing testing technologies, such as PCR, strip tests or dip stick tests, are likely to provide misleading results if applied to wheat. The validated testing method is expected to further ensure confidence in testing resources available to these valuable export markets. The company said that it would provide the validated method to other leading agriculture regulatory authorities as requested.
“We have cooperated with the USDA and other regulatory authorities so that they can continue to have full confidence in U.S. wheat exports,” said Philip Miller, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for Monsanto. “While the USDA has noted that they have no evidence that the original Roundup Ready wheat trait has entered commerce, our support is aimed at ensuring that the U.S. wheat industry and wheat farmers do not experience disruptions in exports.”
Monsanto noted that there are no food, feed, or environmental safety concerns associated with the presence of the Roundup Ready trait if it is found to be present in wheat. The glyphosate-tolerance trait used in the original Roundup Ready wheat product has a long history of safe use and produces the same protein that has been and is used widely in corn, soy and several other crops by millions of farmers throughout the world. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed the food and feed safety of Roundup Ready wheat in 2004. The safety of the Roundup Ready gene and protein has been reviewed and approved by regulatory authorities in every country around the world to which crops containing that gene have been submitted for cultivation or import approval, including Japan, Korea, and the EU.
“We are interested in getting to the bottom of this reported detection in a single field in Oregon,” Miller said. “We’re prepared to provide any technical help that we can as this unusual and currently unexplained report raises important questions about the circumstance and source of the presence.”
Last week, the company noted that it is in the process of investigating the matter and is prepared to take actions, once the investigation results are known, to support the wheat industry. Key findings of the assessments include:
  • Monsanto’s process for closing out the original Roundup Ready wheat program was rigorous, well-documented and audited,
  • Monsanto did not have any prior test site at the location where the material under investigation was reported to have been present,
  • Monsanto believes this is an isolated incident. Wheat farmers commonly control volunteer plants with glyphosate to prepare fields for the next crop. Monsanto said the situation has not arisen in other farmers fields throughout the 9 years since the program was discontinued,
  • Monsanto confirmed that does not believe that seed left in the soil or wheat pollen flow serve as a reasonable explanation behind this reported detection at this time.
  • Monsanto has not been provided with a sample of the plant material reportedly obtained from the field and is not yet able to confirm the results announced last week by the USDA.
Monsanto reiterated that there is considerable reason to believe that the presence of the Roundup Ready trait in wheat, if confirmed, is very limited.
The website, www.monsanto.com/gmwheat, has been established for those interested in learning about ongoing developments related to the reported detection. The site also includes information resources the company’s investments in wheat and wheat technology.
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:59 AM   #6
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Selective breeding is NOT the same as GMO.
Why do you say that? Both methods have the same result. Genes from the donor, whether it be traditional pollination from another plant or genes introduced manually by biotech methods, is introduced to the plant and incorporated into its genetic structure. The only difference is how the gene is introduced.

If anything, the GM method is more precise in accomplishing this. Because only the desired genes are introduced, and nothing else. With traditional selective breeding, you don't have control over which genes are introduced, and you can actually introduce something you didn't want or expect. Selective breeding also increases the risk of genetic disease caused by recessive genes.

The only difference between the two is how the genes are transferred and which genes are transferred.
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Why do you say that? Both methods have the same result. Genes from the donor, whether it be traditional pollination from another plant or genes introduced manually by biotech methods, is introduced to the plant and incorporated into its genetic structure. The only difference is how the gene is introduced.

If anything, the GM method is more precise in accomplishing this. Because only the desired genes are introduced, and nothing else. With traditional selective breeding, you don't have control over which genes are introduced, and you can actually introduce something you didn't want or expect. Selective breeding also increases the risk of genetic disease caused by recessive genes.

The only difference between the two is how the genes are transferred and which genes are transferred.
if what you say is true, why are other countries against you?
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Selective breeding is NOT the same as GMO.
Then tell me the difference between the results?
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if what you say is true, why are other countries against you?
Money and politics.

And it should be noted that while many countries ban the growing of GM crops, they all import GM crops in high quantities. Because they can't meet demand with their normal non-GMO growing methods. It's more than a little hypocritical. They won't let farmers grow it, but they'll import the shit out of it. This fact is never mentioned in all the scare stories about other countries shunning the growing of GM.

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EU politicians will not come off the fence on the subject of GM crops for fear of upsetting a small but vocal minority. The main opponents are the environmental lobby, who would rather accept the unnecessary use of hazardous chemical pesticides rather than acquiescing to the growth of GM crops, the safety of which has been proven by more than 15 years of cultivation around the world with not a single reported adverse effect. The European organic lobby also opposes GM crops, seeking to protect their price premiums for products which are now known to be no more healthy or beneficial than any other crop. The de facto moratorium on GM agriculture in Europe is an economic issue, not a safety issue as these opponents would like the public to believe.

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It is hard to see any technology get adopted when faced with the constraints applied to GM agriculture in Europe. Despite the fact that GM crops have illustrated their safety, opponents demand cast iron proof of zero risk—proof that has never been demonstrated for any product or technology in history and that cannot be demonstrated because it is impossible to prove a negative. The EU has granted more than 70 million Euros in research funds to 500 scientific groups over 25 years, yielding one key conclusion: ‘‘Biotechnology, and in particular GMOs, are not per se more risky than e.g. conventional plant breeding technologies’’ (European Commission, “A Decade of EU-funded GMA Research,” 2010). Yet GM crops have yet to be grown in Europe, although exactly the same products are imported.

Full article: http://www.the-scientist.com/?articl...rops--Europe-/
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ya, it's about monopoly, fish. I am not convinced GMO is equally nutritious, but that is not the reason I do not want GMO in my house.
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Old 06-05-2013, 09:40 AM   #11
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If you're really interested in unbiased truth about GMOs, I strongly urge you to take the time to read the following. This is really great unbiased information, and will shed much more light on the confusion surrounding the topic. There is a part 2 and 3 that is available at the bottom of the article, if you click on the link in the quote directly below.


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Q & A with Dr. Kevin Folta, plant geneticist specializing in plant molecular biology.

Kevin Folta - There are so many misconceptions. The first is a fundamental one, that being that there is a debate at all. There is no debate among scientists in the discipline of plant molecular biology and crop science. Sure you can find someone here and there that disagrees, but there is no active debate in the literature driven by data. There are no hard reproducible data that indicate that transgenics are dangerous or more potentially dangerous than traditionally bred plant products.

If I had to nail down the most annoying misconceptions they would include that all scientists are just dupes of big multinational ag companies. Anyone that presents the consensus of scientific interpretation of the literature is immediately discounted as some corporate pawn. There’s nothing further from the truth. Most of us are hanging on by a thread in the days of dwinding federal, state and local support for research. The attacks on the credibility of good scientists hurts our chances to stay in academic labs and consider the cushy salaries and job security with the big ag corporate monstrosities we chose not to work for when we took jobs working for the public good. That’s pretty sad.

There is this allegation that we hide data or don’t publish work that is inconsistent with corporate desires. They need to get one thing straight. We’re not in the public sector because we are excited about listening to some corporate mandates. No thanks. We’re here for scientific freedom and to discover the exceptions to the rules and define new paradigms.

If my lab had a slight hint that GMOs were dangerous, I’d do my best to repeat that study, get a collaborator to repeat it independently, and then publish the data on the covers of Science, Nature and every news outlet that would take it. It would rock the world. Showing that 70-some percent of our food was poisonous? That would be a HUGE story — we’re talking Nobel Prize and free Amy’s Organic Pot Pies for life!

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Me - What do you consider the most important aspect of differentiating the good from the bad when it comes to considering science? i.e., what is the first thing you look for after reading a study

Kevin Folta - In the short-term I consider the system studied. Was it an animal system or cells in a dish? Most of the anti-GMO work is done on cells, especially cell lines that sound scary (like ovary, testis or fetal cells) but have little relevance to the complexities of animal systems. If done in animals, was the experiment properly controlled? Do the researchers SHOW the controls (like they conveniently omitted from Seralini’s 2012 rat-cancer work in Figure 3). Many studies that look good compare a GMO to an unrelated plant type. It is just not a valid comparison. Plants produce toxins and allergens, so you need to test the same exact plant without the added gene. If they do the rest of this properly then they need to run sufficient numbers and use good, common statistics. If they do all of this the work is publishable after peer review and should go into a decent journal, not some low-impact journal that publishes incomplete work or work that over steps the data.

A lot of junk escapes peer review. Reviewers and editors are overstressed and overburdened these days. We do the work as service for the field. Occasionally a paper slips by in a lower-impact journal. You’ll find most of the anti-GMO papers there.
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If you're really interested in unbiased truth about GMOs, I strongly urge you to take the time to read the following. This is really great unbiased information, and will shed much more light on the confusion surrounding the topic. There is a part 2 and 3 that is available at the bottom of the article, if you click on the link in the quote directly below.
I stopped reading here...

Dr. Kevin Folta, plant geneticist specializing in plant molecular biology.

Seems to me he could be biased.
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ya, it's about monopoly, fish. I am not convinced GMO is equally nutritious, but that is not the reason I do not want GMO in my house.
Why would you think GMOs would be less nutritious? It's fundamentally the same thing. That doesn't make any sense.

What is your reasoning for not wanting GMOs in your house? Because I can guarantee you that no matter how strictly you take that, there are currently lots of things in your house containing GMOs. 80% of supermarket items contain some kind of GMO ingredients. Unless you completely grow your own, you're consuming GMOs and have been for decades.
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I stopped reading here...

Dr. Kevin Folta, plant geneticist specializing in plant molecular biology.

Seems to me he could be biased.
... what tipped you off? The "Dr." designation? Or the fact that he's an expert in plant molecular biology who takes pride in not being a corporate shill?
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Why would you think GMOs would be less nutritious? It's fundamentally the same thing. That doesn't make any sense.

What is your reasoning for not wanting GMOs in your house? Because I can guarantee you that no matter how strictly you take that, there are currently lots of things in your house containing GMOs. 80% of supermarket items contain some kind of GMO ingredients. Unless you completely grow your own, you're consuming GMOs and have been for decades.
I'm also buying $4/gal gas.

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Monopoly.

I don't buy "box food" and I often get my groceries from organic sources that do not use GMO. The more powerful this monopoly becomes, the sooner we will all be "paying $4/gal" if you follow.
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