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Farmer Sues Monsanto After Finding GM Wheat in Traditional Crop

Elizabeth Renter
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July 12th, 2013
Updated 05/07/2014 at 7:50 pm
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wheat court 263x164 Farmer Sues Monsanto After Finding GM Wheat in Traditional Crop

A recently filed lawsuit in Kansas marks at least the third in that state, where traditional farmers are hoping to take a stand against the seed-giant Monsanto.

Traditional farmers, not wanting to raise genetically-modified crops, have their work cut out for them. GM crops are invasive and experts warn that their take-over is inevitable. This world-takeover is especially believable with all of the recent news concerning contamination of the global food supply by unwanted and even unapproved genetically modified crops.

According to The Associated Press, farmer Bill Buddle of Harvey County, Kansas filed his suit in federal court this week against St. Louis-based Monsanto. He discovered GM-wheat in his field in May, a discovery he no doubt lamented. Similar lawsuits have been filed in Idaho and Washington state. The farmers are seeking class-action status, which would give them more collective power against the corporation.

For their part, Monsanto says they are not responsible or legally liable when their unapproved GM-wheat makes its way into farmland. They maintain their wheat has not entered the commercial market and the wheat being found, therefore, is not their responsibility.

Just a few weeks ago they pointed fingers at angry activists, suggesting people who want to see them go down may have planted the GM-crops in an effort to sabotage them. This, after an unapproved strain of GM-wheat was discovered growing in an Oregon field.

“It’s fair to say there are folks who don’t like biotechnology and would use this to create problems,” said vice president and chief technology officer Robb Fraley. And while he’s right—people don’t like Monsanto—it’s juvenile to suggest that they had no role in the spread of their own seeds.

Wheat isn’t the only genetically modified crop popping up across the globe. GM-flax and rice have both been found in countries where they are not approved for production or consumption, despite many of these countries doing everything in their power to keep the franken-crops out.

Contamination of the world’s food supply is said to be inevitable. Farmers like this latest one in Kansas are doing their part to hold Monsanto to task, demanding accountability from a corporation most interested in making money and casting blame. As global disdain for companies like Monsanto grows, we can hope to effectively loosen their grip, at the very least, and perhaps even one day take them down.

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  • JBF

    ANGRY ACTIVISTS PLANTED GM WHEAT-WHICH WAS NEVER MADE COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE??? AND EXACTLY HOW DID THESE ANGRY ACTIVISTS GET THEIR HANDS ON THIS WHEAT WHICH WAS NEVER SOLD? HMMMM…SOUNDS LIKE BS TO ME.

  • Tremjar

    but yet monsatan will sue the farmer if they find the gm crops in his field first, even though the farmer never put it there. the only difference is the farmer found it first and sued them, they dont like turnabout being fair play apparently.

    • Debi

      LOL…. Love the 'Monsatan'. TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!! They are heathens to mother earth.
      I will also use this in future referance to them.

  • Bubba

    " Monsanto says they are not responsible…" and they own the politicians to prove it!

    • Mike

      Yes its true , I hear their laughing at our Politicians……….though it has been proven to be Truth…..He who laughs last …laughs longest..

  • captain x

    can anyone say food satety modernization act