Monsanto and wheat farmers in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States have settled a series of lawsuits over the discovery of genetically modified wheat in Oregon back in 2013, which led to temporary limits on exports of soft white wheat, the agriculture giant announced on Wednesday, as reported by Fortune.
There is currently no genetically modified wheat that has been approved for farming in the United States, and its discovery in Oregon prompted Japan and South Korea to temporarily suspend some of their wheat orders, and the European Union called for more rigorous testing of wheat shipments from the United States, according to TIME.
Officials from the Department of Agriculture said that the modified wheat that was discovered in Oregon is the same strain as a genetically modified wheat that was designed to be herbicide-resistant and was tested by seed giant Monsanto a decade ago but was never approved. The St. Louis-based company chose to settle the lawsuit rather than battle it in court.
As part of the settlement, Monsanto agreed to pay $100,000 to the National Wheat Foundation, $50,000 to the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, $50,000 to the Oregon Wheat Growers’ League, $50,000 to the Idaho Grain Producers’ Association, and $2.13 million into a settlement fund designated to pay farmers in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho who sold soft white wheat between May 30, 2013 and November 30, 2013.