As the world’s most popular food crops, genetically modified (GM) crops are being hailed as a savior for farmers who cannot compete on price.
But while there are hundreds of thousands of GM crops planted worldwide, a handful are the focus of a growing number of lawsuits.
A growing number claim they have been harmed by the introduction of GM plants and animals.
The Associated Public Press investigation found that GM crops were being damaged by “the introduction of new diseases, pests, and weeds” as well as the lack of oversight.
Here are 10 of the most troubling cases of GM contamination in recent years.
Monsanto-backed genetically modified corn.
In April, a federal court in Iowa ruled that Monsanto, the agribusiness giant that markets Roundup Ready corn, should be required to disclose how much of the corn it produces has been contaminated with the gene for glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup.
The court found that the biotech giant’s “intent to conceal information on the extent of the contamination is likely to result in substantial harm to farmers and consumers.”
The court also found that Monsanto is liable for damages because of the way it “intentionally withheld” the gene from the public.
The AP obtained court documents from Iowa and Iowa regulators that show that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U:S.
Environmental Protection Agency and the Iowa Department of Commerce all have oversight of the safety of Monsanto’s GM corn.
Monsanto has denied the allegations.
In March, the company announced that it had agreed to a $30 million settlement with the EPA and the USDA, including a requirement that it disclose all GM corn grown in the U.:S.
to ensure that it “does not knowingly release information to the public on any GM crop that has been genetically modified in a manner that is not in compliance with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.”
Monsanto’s agreement with the USDA requires that the company keep confidential all GM crops it grows in the country, which includes corn, soybeans, cotton and cottonseed.
The settlement also includes a ban on any GMO-based products that contain glyphosate.
The deal also includes the requirement that Monsanto pay the U Department of Justice a total of $7.5 million for civil penalties, $2 million for each violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and $100,000 for each willful violation of federal laws.
The USDA is also asking for a $1.25 million civil penalty.
In September, the EPA announced it would start conducting periodic reviews of its use of glyphosate, a key ingredient in Roundup.
In November, the USDA announced that the agency would no longer allow farmers to apply for a pesticide label on GMO corn that is the product of a GM crop.
The EPA said it will conduct periodic reviews to ensure farmers are being treated fairly by regulators.
The agency also announced it will ban the sale of genetically engineered corn and soybeans to farmers, and that it would require GM crop producers to submit a list of all their genetically modified products to the agency.
A company spokesman said the company is committed to transparency.
The European Union.
In August, the European Union (EU) imposed new limits on the use of genetically-modified crops in an effort to reduce the damage to food crops caused by the herbicide glyphosate.
European officials also imposed a ban in March on the sale or importation of genetically altered fruits and vegetables, and banned the use for any period of time of genetically edited plants for human consumption.
The EU also imposed strict limits on glyphosate use in crops grown in its member countries.
In response to the EU ban, Monsanto said it would voluntarily cease selling its Roundup Ready crops, but will only continue to sell the GM crops grown with a different gene, called Bt-11.
The company said the Bt crops were safe and were approved by regulators, including the EU.
Monsanto also said it was committed to meeting EU safety requirements.
In February, the EU said it wanted the U;S.
government to approve a GM rice-derived rice that could compete in the global food supply.
But the EU rejected the U.’s request and instead said it needs to evaluate and approve other rice varieties.
The WTO’s WTO dispute resolution system, which provides a legal framework for international trade disputes, was recently used by the European Commission to order Monsanto to stop its use for the planting of GM corn and other crops in the EU, the United States and Japan.
The case is ongoing.
The U.K.S., the world leader in genetically modified crop cultivation, has been fighting a number of legal challenges over GM crops and is also seeking to stop the import of GM seeds into the country.
The GM crops would not be sold in the UK, but a U.N. panel that is working to develop a global climate change strategy said that the GM seeds could be