Skip to comments.Unapproved genetically modified wheat from Monsanto found in Oregon field
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 companys 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 Monsantos herbicide, Roundup, and found that the wheat could not be killed.
The report rattled U.S. wheat markets. In addition to Japans 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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The kooks need to go back to worrying about UFOs and red rain.
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.
Monsanto is evil.
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.
Wheat is a grass... wondering if microbes could carry these genes to other grasses. The rye that wouldn’t die!
Yes, it is.
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.
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.
You must mean the crooks at Monsanto who are using bribed government officials to force farmers to buy their seed.
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.
“The strain was developed by Monsanto to make wheat resistant to the companys 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?
We have a winnah Sequoyah!!
They can burn this sh#t ...it will still spread!
Is not Monsanto wheat genetically designed to be sterile? Is the roundup-resistant strain developed in the last decade also sterile?
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.
It isn’t as tough as prions [mad cow]... yet. Mad wheat anybody?
Monsanto is evil
They have the trademark on roundup but the patent has to be expired by now
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.