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Unapproved genetically modified wheat from Monsanto found in Oregon field
Washington Post ^ | May 30, 2013 | Steven Mufson

Posted on 05/30/2013 8:00:45 PM PDT by Ron C.

Japan, the largest market for U.S. wheat exports, suspended imports from the United States and canceled a major purchase of white wheat on Thursday after the recent discovery of unapproved genetically modified wheat in an 80-acre field in Oregon.

How the altered crop made its way to the Oregon field remains a mystery. The strain was developed by Monsanto to make wheat resistant to the company’s own industry-leading weed killer. Monsanto tested the type of altered seed in more than a dozen states, including Oregon, between 1994 and 2005, but it was never approved for commercial use.

Yet the Agriculture Department reported that recent tests identified the strain after an Oregon farmer trying to clear a field sprayed Monsanto’s herbicide, Roundup, and found that the wheat could not be killed.

The report rattled U.S. wheat markets. In addition to Japan’s action, the European Union, which imports more than 1 million tons of U.S. wheat a year, said that it was following developments “to ensure E.U. zero-tolerance policy is implemented.” It asked Monsanto to help detection efforts in Europe.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Japan; News/Current Events; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: agriculture; crops; genetics; gmo; monsanto; oregon; tinfoilhats; tinfoilhatsociety; waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah
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Possible loss to growers in Oregon could be huge...
1 posted on 05/30/2013 8:00:45 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.

The kooks need to go back to worrying about UFOs and red rain.


2 posted on 05/30/2013 8:04:48 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: Ron C.

I want them to sue the crap out of Monsanto.
RoundUp is cheapest and safest grass weed killer out there and these clowns are playing with fire.


3 posted on 05/30/2013 8:07:57 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (An economy is not a zero-sum game, but politics usually is.)
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To: Ron C.

Monsanto is evil.


4 posted on 05/30/2013 8:09:02 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

What happens if bees cross pollinate?

Couldn’t other wheat become half-Monsanto in just one season?

I’m not convinced they really thought this out as well as they should have.


5 posted on 05/30/2013 8:09:03 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Funny thing happened on the way to the Constitution burning, Lefties rights were violated...)
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To: Carry_Okie

Wheat is a grass... wondering if microbes could carry these genes to other grasses. The rye that wouldn’t die!


6 posted on 05/30/2013 8:10:02 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: P-Marlowe

Yes, it is.


7 posted on 05/30/2013 8:10:06 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: laplata

At first I thought it was only greenies who thought Monsanto evil, now it’s getting heat from the right too. Was what Monsanto did really all THAT hard? Imagine genetic sabotage to other crops.


8 posted on 05/30/2013 8:12:00 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: Carry_Okie

In my humble opinion, Monsanto is playing with fire, knows it, it is a devastatingly costly liability and they paid enough politicians handsomely to get themselves made immune from lawsuits in regards to just this kind of thing.

I think they have some real frankenplants on their hands and this is just one glimpse into that nightmare world.

We may starve for the days of having just one basket of heritage seeds to start over.


9 posted on 05/30/2013 8:13:17 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: ElkGroveDan

You must mean the crooks at Monsanto who are using bribed government officials to force farmers to buy their seed.


10 posted on 05/30/2013 8:13:34 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: DoughtyOne

In the case of cross pollination, Momsanto sues the farmers who aren’t paying them or opt right infringement. The Monsanto lawyers rapidly and aggressively bankrupt the unwitting victims. Completely crush them.

That’s Monsanto.


11 posted on 05/30/2013 8:13:45 PM PDT by sbMKE
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To: sbMKE

Copyright infringement.


12 posted on 05/30/2013 8:14:52 PM PDT by sbMKE
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To: Carry_Okie

“The strain was developed by Monsanto to make wheat resistant to the company’s own industry-leading weed killer.”

Monsanto developed a strain of wheat that made practicable the continued use of RoundUp, a Monsanto product you seem to be defending. Yet you want Monsanto sued to extinction.
What am I missing?


13 posted on 05/30/2013 8:14:58 PM PDT by Elsiejay
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To: Sequoyah101

BINGO!

We have a winnah Sequoyah!!

They can burn this sh#t ...it will still spread!

Honeybees...Buehller? Anyone?


14 posted on 05/30/2013 8:16:25 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: Ron C.

Is not Monsanto wheat genetically designed to be sterile? Is the roundup-resistant strain developed in the last decade also sterile?


15 posted on 05/30/2013 8:17:30 PM PDT by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Studies have also shown that genes can jump across species. If the resistant genes get into the weed population, it could be problematic.

What I am more concerned about is that the company that makes a weedkiller is the same company the makes weedkiller resistant crop seeds. This is not engineering to improve the seeds/plants. It is engineering to make the farmer dependent on one company for viable crops. Not a good idea.


16 posted on 05/30/2013 8:17:44 PM PDT by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: acapesket

It isn’t as tough as prions [mad cow]... yet. Mad wheat anybody?


17 posted on 05/30/2013 8:18:34 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: Ron C.

Monsanto is evil


18 posted on 05/30/2013 8:19:04 PM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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To: generally

They have the trademark on roundup but the patent has to be expired by now


19 posted on 05/30/2013 8:19:19 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I sent this to my local liberal rag newspaper to rub Obama in their faces:

April 1, 2013) The Monsanto Protection Act, which President Obama signed into law this week, will strip judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer rights and the environment, while opening up the floodgates for the planting of new untested genetically engineered crops, endangering farmers, consumers and the environment. The result is that GMO crops will be able to evade any serious scientific or regulatory review.

http://www.nationofchange.org/how-monsanto-protection-act-became-law-1364825964


20 posted on 05/30/2013 8:19:21 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: P-Marlowe

Monsanto is very evil.


21 posted on 05/30/2013 8:19:48 PM PDT by MarMema
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To: laplata

When it gets to the point of worship, the greenies quit caring about being consistent about what they hate.


22 posted on 05/30/2013 8:20:21 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: Ron C.

it could be huge to all growers but why is everyone so upset about GMOs anyways?


23 posted on 05/30/2013 8:21:14 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: MarMema

Ya think Monsanto is wicked too?

Anyhow it seems the irony of ironies that JAPAN, the home of Monsanto, would quit buying wheat from the US if it is Roundup proof!


24 posted on 05/30/2013 8:21:40 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: Ron C.

What the hell?

Can we trust anything or anyone these days?

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25 posted on 05/30/2013 8:22:46 PM PDT by Mears
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To: P-Marlowe
Monsanto is evil.

Meanwhile, a couple of related threads from 2010:
Monsanto's genetically-modified Eucharist (Catholic / Orthodox Caucus)
No Genetically Modified Jesus! (Important Issu!) [Catholic Caucus]

26 posted on 05/30/2013 8:23:27 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: HiTech RedNeck

When it gets to the point of worship, the greenies quit caring about being consistent about what they hate.


That’s right. Most true greenies hate Obama but tolerate him. Obama is a sonofabitch but he is their sonofabitch.


27 posted on 05/30/2013 8:25:25 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Alex Murphy

I’m sure there could be special purpose wheat, raised from ancient Holy Land seeds, if someone wants it enough.


28 posted on 05/30/2013 8:26:15 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: MarMema

Syngenta and Bayer are nipping at Monsanto’s heels like chihuauhas!


29 posted on 05/30/2013 8:28:07 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: P-Marlowe

The only thing more evil than Monsanto is our own pathetic congress under the leadership of Cryboehnor whose members just love the cash, the bribes, to keep Monsanto in bithness.

Have to agree with the libtards on this, there are evil corporations.

Monsanto is the kingpin, just shudder at what the payoff to local judges are.

And up the food chain.


30 posted on 05/30/2013 8:28:17 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: generally
Studies have also shown that genes can jump across species.

Can you link that? And are you talking about similar species or is just a free for all?

31 posted on 05/30/2013 8:28:36 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: Ron C.

Humans have been altering the genetic inheritance of crops and animals for thousands of years. No one living in America has ever eaten “wild corn,” or “original wheat.” It’s all been modified. Genetically speaking.


32 posted on 05/30/2013 8:29:07 PM PDT by cookcounty (Blah-Blah-Barak, Blah-Blah-Barak, you got me rockin and a reelin...)
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To: bigheadfred

Patent infrigement, you lose everything.


33 posted on 05/30/2013 8:29:09 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: Ron C.

They are messing with the elemental forces of Nature, what could possibly go wrong?


34 posted on 05/30/2013 8:29:10 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: cookcounty

I’ve never heard of my Indian ancestors crossing a wild cornfield with a bacterium. Their selection process probably didn’t involve transferring microbial genes to their corn genome.


35 posted on 05/30/2013 8:31:16 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Ron C.

There will one day be a worldwide famine and Monsanto will be the cause of it.


36 posted on 05/30/2013 8:31:26 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Wheat that is resistant to round up?

So what is the problem here? Round up is a weed killer. Weeds are, by definition, unwanted vegetation. Wheat is not an unwanted vegetation.

I’m reading Monsanto is evil, but what is evil about a food product being resistant to a weed killer?


37 posted on 05/30/2013 8:31:42 PM PDT by KittenClaws ( You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: cookcounty

Breeding is one thing. Tinkering with a genome via chemical cut and paste is another....


38 posted on 05/30/2013 8:32:04 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: KittenClaws

Wait till someone gets that wheat in their lawn or on a field that was meant for something else.


39 posted on 05/30/2013 8:32:37 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: freedomfiter2
You must mean the crooks at Monsanto who are using bribed government officials to force farmers to buy their seed.

Yes. Those poor farmers who are being forced to plant a crop that is 10 times easier to grow and harvest resulting in greater yields for the farmers and lower prices for the consumers. You should get together with other hysterical fear mongers like Michael Moore and make a documentary about how scary genetics is -- especially when corporations profit from it!!!

40 posted on 05/30/2013 8:32:58 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: cookcounty; quantim
Humans have been altering the genetic inheritance of crops and animals for thousands of years. No one living in America has ever eaten “wild corn,” or “original wheat.” It’s all been modified. Genetically speaking.

Exactly so.

And quantim, I understand the infringement part and think Monsanto are the ones who should be paying through the nose when their stuff harms the fruits of another's labor.

41 posted on 05/30/2013 8:33:56 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: KittenClaws

Because the wheat is doused regularly with roundup. And consequently the wheat you eat is loaded with roundup. And there are conflicting studies on the longterm safety of roundup. And whether or not it interacts with human metabolic pathways or disrupts those present in the human microbiome.

Animal studies using GMO crops are only conducted for 90 days. Not long enough to see lifetime/lifespan consequences or whether or not there are any intergenerational epigenetic consequences.


42 posted on 05/30/2013 8:34:18 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: ElkGroveDan

There’s the patented conundrum. If Monsanto let it loose by their own fault then they have to pay for the damage if they insist this queers someone else’s wheat field.

Now if we had a GPL of genetic engineered wheat, then sure anyone could use it. Unless it was banned.


43 posted on 05/30/2013 8:35:22 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: quantim; xzins
Have to agree with the libtards on this, there are evil corporations.

Corporations that squeeze out their competitors by utilizing the power of the state and laws passed for their protection and preservation are evil. They have bastardized the capitalist system.

Too many major corporations are built on bribes and favors. This "crony capitalism" is not Capitalism at all. It is a soft fascism. And it is all too prevalent in our country today.

44 posted on 05/30/2013 8:37:57 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds.)
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To: P-Marlowe

April 1, 2013) The Monsanto Protection Act, which President Obama signed into law this week, will strip judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer rights and the environment, while opening up the floodgates for the planting of new untested genetically engineered crops, endangering farmers, consumers and the environment. The result is that GMO crops will be able to evade any serious scientific or regulatory review.


45 posted on 05/30/2013 8:39:25 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Wait till someone gets that wheat in their lawn or on a field that was meant for something else.


If used improperly, Round up will kill plenty of things. Lawn care specialists know not to use it in high winds as it will affect the surrounding area. That is the nature of round up or any weed killer.

Does this make Monsanto evil? I’m not defending Monsanto, I’m just trying to understand the hysteria.


46 posted on 05/30/2013 8:40:12 PM PDT by KittenClaws ( You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: KittenClaws

Round up proof wheat will be difficult to deal with as a weed....


47 posted on 05/30/2013 8:40:59 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Wheat is wind pollinated, not by insects.

I am in the seed business, don’t like/trust Monsanto or Syngenta because of the way they do business.

GMO wheat makes no sense except to make it possible to “patent” life so they own all the species and you cannot save seed for replanting.

PVPA seed allows saving seed for replanting. And PVPA protection expires after 20 years.

Patented Lifeforms are forever. A stupid law that recognizes this.


48 posted on 05/30/2013 8:41:25 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Carry_Okie

“I want them to sue the crap out of Monsanto.
RoundUp is cheapest and safest grass weed killer out there and these clowns are playing with fire.”

What is your point? Monsanto makes Roundup. Who would sue Monsanto and why?
Also this wheat variety development was stopped in 2005. Who knows what happened. The economic losses are really with lost sales. But I doubt Monsanto had anything to do with this. My bet is a bag of this seed mistakenly was planted by someone or got blended in to other seed..


49 posted on 05/30/2013 8:43:08 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (ok)
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To: Black Agnes
There are genetically modified crops, and there are insect repellents. Two different subjects.
50 posted on 05/30/2013 8:43:21 PM PDT by KittenClaws ( You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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