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Published on January 23rd, 2015 | by Jennifer Kaplan


Monsanto GMO Wheat Contamination Lawsuit Pays $2.4 Million

Monsanto settled several lawsuits alleging that the company failed to properly isolate their GMO wheat resulting in contamination of the wheat supply.

Monsanto GMO Wheat Contamination Lawsuit Pays $2.4 Million

Not that long ago, we reported that a Kansas farmer filed a law suit against Monsanto, seeking damages related to unapproved GMO wheat. The catalyst was the discovery of Monsanto GMO wheat on an Eastern Oregon farm. That discovery prompted Japan and other countries to drop some US wheat exports.

That lawsuit was followed by other similar lawsuits. According to, Monsanto’s recent settlement resolves several lawsuits alleging that “Monsanto failed to properly isolate their GMO soft white wheat resulting in contamination of the larger soft white wheat supply and triggering the discontinuation of certain wheat exports.”

The big news is, although Monsanto officially denies all liability, they have agreed to settle to the tune of $2.375 million. This settlement represents the first time Monsanto has paid a price for their GMO wheat practices.

Consumers won’t see any money from Monsanto, but farmers producing soft white wheat crops from farms in Idaho, Oregon, or Washington can receive 8 to 12 cents per bushel for each bushel sold between May and November 2013, with the settlement pool capping at $2,125,000. Monsanto also will pay Washington, Oregon and Idaho wheat growers associations an additional $250,000.

Think this will make a difference? Probably not. Given that a $2.375 million slap on the wrist is just a drop in the bucket for Monsanto, this will simply be written off as the cost of doing business.

Golden wheat photo via Shutterstock

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is a former marketing consultant who decided, at the age of fifty, to turn her hand to creative non-fiction. Jennifer continues to write about sustainable food and wine, the intersection of food and marketing and food politics for and is the author of Greening Your Small Business (November 2009, Penguin Group (USA)). She was named one of The 16 Women You Must Follow on Twitter for Green Business. She has four kids, a dog, a hamster and an MBA - follow her on and .

3 Responses to Monsanto GMO Wheat Contamination Lawsuit Pays $2.4 Million

  1. snoman33 says:

    Jennifer….It will “make no difference”.
    Nobody will see any rewards, change, or anything else.
    So what was the point of this “article” ?
    More fear-mongering b.s. to generate some ad revenue for you ?
    A chance to see your name in public ?
    Find something constructive to do with your time.
    If you have trouble coming up with something, I would suggest volunteering at a food bank,or meals-on-wheels……help some people who are actually glad to see some food.

  2. hyperzombie says:

    How much did the lawyers make, far more than 18 cents a bushel I will guess…

  3. jenkaplan says:

    Snoman33: I’m sorry you don’t think discussing current events or food marketing trends (the points of the post, never to be confused with a news article) is worthwhile. I think it is worthwhile to shine a spotlight on how Monsanto deals with its many critics and how little it costs for them to make their problems go away.

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