For Immediate Release
Food and Water Europe Welcomes U.S. Court Ruling for Compensation by GM Contaminators
Statement of Food & Water Europe Executive Director Wenonah Hauter
WASHINGTON - “We welcome the ruling from a federal court in Arkansas requiring
Bayer Crop Science to pay $1.5 million to two U.S. rice farmers as
compensation for contamination. We are pleased to see the federal court
step in to protect farmers and consumers when regulatory bodies fail.
“We hope this
proves once and for all that genetically modified crops cannot
‘coexist’ with conventional crops. Bayer Crop Science has already been
ordered to pay $2 million to two other farmers and three more test
cases will be heard soon, including one from a rice exporter.
ruling is set against the backdrop of other U.S. court cases halting
the cultivation of GM alfalfa and sugar beets because the regulators
failed to adequately assess the impacts of the crops and because of
potential irreversible environmental damage. The U.S. Supreme Court
will soon hear a case about the safety of GM seed and the U.S.
Department of Justice is pursuing an anti-trust investigation of
Furthermore, U.S. rice exports to the EU are continuing to be
affected by a contamination incident some three and a half years later,
showing just how damaging GM crops can be. This is just more evidence
that this technology is not economically or environmentally viable.”
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