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ND legislator favors manufacturer liability for GMO contamination

(Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- Kellyn Brown, AP: BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota Sen. Bill Bowman wants to hold seed manufacturers financially responsible if pollen from their biotech wheat drifts to neighboring organic fields, stating, "I'm not saying you can or can't plant (biotech wheat). But if you do, liability concerns have to be addressed."

John Olson, a Bismarck attorney and lobbyist for St. Louis-based Monsanto Co., said that Bowman's bill presumes that biotech wheat is harmful, adding, "It bothers me that (the bill) suggests this is a contaminant in the food chain."