Agriculture
6:26 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Kansas Farmer Files Suit Against Monsanto

A Kansas farmer has sued seed giant Monsanto over the discovery of genetically engineered experimental wheat.

Elkhart wheat grower Ernest Barnes filed the suit.

It alleges that when people heard about the unapproved wheat in an Oregon field last week, the news drove down wheat futures prices and caused a backlash from some international markets, which suspended certain imports.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

Warren Burns is one of the attorneys representing the farmer. Burns says such lawsuits help police the agricultural system and make sure farmers are protected.

Monsanto Executive Vice President David Snively issued a statement saying "tractor chasing lawyers" have prematurely filed lawsuits without any evidence of fault and before the crop's harvest.