Rice Producers Pay for Accidental Release of Bayer’s Genetically-Engineered Rice

Publication - 26 January, 2010
Contamination of US rice crops with Bayer's genetically-engineered (GE) rice impacted rice markets and cost farmers hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.

Executive summary: In August 2006, rice markets worldwide were rocked by the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) announcement that the US rice crop had been contaminated by unapproved Bayer GE rice with genetically-engineered herbicide resistance. A cascade of costly events ensued. The ultimate cost to the US rice industry was between $741 million and $1.29 billion US dollars, plus costs to foreign companies and still-undetermined legal damages against Bayer. The origin of the contamination remains unexplained to this day.

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