German Beekeeper Seeks Compensation for GM-Contaminated Honey
German courts in Bavaria have reportedly been considering issues raised in a lawsuit filed by an amateur beekeeper who was forced to destroy his honey after it was found to be contaminated with pollen from a nearby field trial of genetically modified (GM) corn. Beekeeper and handyman Karl Heinz Bablok, aware that his hives were near GM cornfields, apparently had samples of honey tested and found that 7 percent of the pollen was from the GM crops. An Augsburg court ordered him to stop selling or giving away his honey, so he sued the Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture to recover his costs and lost sales of about US$12,900. Now before a third court, the case reportedly raises significant GM-related issues: if Bablok wins, the GM corn would be discredited; if the court decides that Bablok’s honey is not subject to licensing regulations under the European Union food law, biotech companies would, according to a news source, be vindicated. See Spiegel Online, March 6, 2009.