Tainted Rice Leaves a Painful Legacy

by Mark Friedman  on Monday, Aug. 31, 2009 12:00 am   7 min read

Ray Vester, who has been farming east of Stuttgart for more than 40 years, is one of the farmers whose fortunes were affected by the discovery of genetically altered rice in U.S. crops in 2006.

Three years after the government announced that genetically altered rice had contaminated U.S. rice crops, hundreds of lawsuits are still being filed, the loss to U.S. rice farmers has reached an estimated $1 billion or more, and rice producers have perma

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