Arkansas Farmers Suing Bayer, Riceland Foods Over Biotech Rice

From California Farmer:

By: Compiled by staff
Published: Aug 30, 2006

Rice farmers are fighting for lost market value in a class action lawsuit against Bayer CropScience, accusing the company of negligence in allowing unapproved genetically engineered rice to find its way into the commercial supply chain.

Two class-action suits were filed in federal court Monday, while a third lawsuit was filed by about 20 farmers in Lonoke County Circuit Court on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. The suit from the 20 farmers is against Bayer and Riceland Foods Inc. The federal lawsuits represent rice growers in Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas.

According to the Arkansas Rice Growers Association, September rough rice futures fell another 9.5 cents per hundredweight Tuesday, to $8.93. This means that since the announcement regarding the discovery of Liberty Link 601 in US long grain rice on Friday, August 18th, the value of the US long grain rice crop at the farm gate has fallen by about $135 million.

The Arkansas rice group says reports from within the milling and export industry indicate widespread positive results throughout the gulf and delta rice regions in both ’05 and ’06 crops. In addition to comments previously mentioned varieties sources now indicate positive tests in the variety Clearfield 161.

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