By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – Monsanto Co. on Monday won another round in a lawsuit brought by U.S. organic growers as an appellate court threw out the growers’ legal challenge to prohibit the biotech seed company from suing them.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a federal court ruling out of New York that found organic growers had no reason to try to block Monsanto from suing them as the company had pledged it would not take them to court.
By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – American wheat farmers and a food safety advocacy group filed a lawsuit Thursday against biotech seed developer Monsanto Co, accusing the company of failing to protect the U.S. wheat market from contamination by its unauthorized wheat.
The petition, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, seeks class-action status to represent other farmers it says were harmed by lower wheat prices as some foreign buyers have shied away from U.S. wheat.
By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – Monsanto Co. said on Wednesday that broad testing of commercial wheat seeds in Oregon and Washington state has found no sign of its long-shelved experimental biotech wheat, and company officials said it was possible the illegal wheat discovered growing in an Oregon field may have been the result of sabotage.
Monsanto officials said they have supplied DNA material and an event-specific test to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help screen commercial supplies for any contamination of the company’s genetically modified herbicide-tolerant wheat known as Roundup Ready. The European Union, Taiwan, Korea and Japan have also requested and received the test.
By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – While regulators probe the discovery of an experimental genetically modified wheat long thought abandoned by biotech seed developer Monsanto Co, the company has a new line of field experiments on biotech wheat underway.
The company is no longer pursuing the same “Roundup Ready” spring wheat it designed more than a decade ago to tolerate dousings of its Roundup weedkiller, which is the strain found in a wheat field in Oregon in April. But it is developing similar strains that are genetically altered for herbicide tolerance as well as other traits, according to the company and regulatory filings.
CHICAGO/KANSAS CITY (Reuters) – The Oregon field in which a farmer found sprouts of unauthorized genetically modified wheat was never used to study altered varieties, a lawyer for the grower said on Tuesday.
The farmer has “no idea” how the altered wheat made it into his 125-acre field, said Tim Bernasek, a partner at the Portland law firm Dunn Carney.
June 4 (Reuters) – A U.S. wheat farmer has sued Monsanto
Co, accusing the biotech seed giant of gross negligence
for not containing an experimental genetically modified wheat
discovered in an Oregon field that has put U.S. wheat export
sales at risk.
Farmer Ernest Barnes, who grows wheat in Morton County in
the southwest corner of Kansas, filed suit Monday in U.S.
District Court in Wichita, Kansas, alleging that he and other
wheat farmers have been hurt financially by the discovery of the
unapproved biotech wheat that Monsanto said it stopped testing
and shelved nine years ago.
May 31 (Reuters) – For global consumers now on high alert
over a rogue strain of genetically modified wheat found in
Oregon, the question is simple: How could this happen? For a
cadre of critics of biotech crops, the question is different:
How could it not?
The questions arose after the U.S. Department of Agriculture
announced Wednesday that it was investigating the mysterious
appearance of experimental, unapproved genetically engineered
wheat plants on a farm in Oregon. The wheat was developed years
ago by Monsanto Co to tolerate its Roundup herbicide,
but the world’s largest seed company scrapped the project and
ended all field trials in 2004.
MOORE, Oklahoma (Reuters) – Tornado survivors thanked God, sturdy closets and luck in explaining how they lived through the colossal twister that devastated an Oklahoma town and killed 24 people, an astonishingly low toll given the extent of destruction.
At least one family took refuge in a bathtub and some people shut themselves in underground shelters built into their houses on Monday when the powerful storm tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore.
May 22 (Reuters) – A miniature bookcase with
children’s books spilling out is among the few furnishings still
standing amid the tornado-torn rubble of what once was the
Briarwood Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma.
Pink and green pencils and sparkling colored stickers are
scattered amid twisted piles of metal, wood and bricks.
, May 22 (Reuters) – Rescue workers with sniffer
dogs picked through the ruins of an Oklahoma town on Wednesday
to ensure no survivors remained buried after a deadly tornado
left thousands homeless and trying to salvage what was left of
“Yesterday I was numb. Today I cried a lot. Now I’m on the
victory side of it,” said Beth Vrooman, who hid in a shelter in
her garage during Monday’s storm in Moore, Oklahoma.