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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I planted a standard wheat hybrid last year to attract turkeys. It accomplished that task. I saw it pop up again this year, so I didn’t bother to re-sow the area.
It’s as tall, it’s as green, and it’s not got a seeded head but some kind of fluffy whatever that is obviously going to produce nothing.
I’m going after heirloom wheat now and sowing it as quickly as I can. I’m curious if it will produce a true reproduction of itself. http://sustainableseedco.com/heirloom-grain-seed/wheat-seed/organic-hard-red-spring-wheat.html
Nope & Nope
They have the gene to make it sterile from what I have read, but it has never been used for fear of the consequences.
Note- I am no defender of Monsanto, but don’t buy into the looney stuff that some of the alarmist falsely preach.
There is a big push going on to build a coal terminal in Whatcom County WA. The developers of the terminal, SSA/Goldman Sachs held a public relations conference with grain growers across the Northwest, saying that grain was to be the other cargo to be shipped from the Gateway Pacific Terminal. The Chinese trade rep told the attendees that China would buy all the grain and soy beans that the farmers could grow. The SSA/Goldman Sachs people told the farmers that they could get the growing restrictions removed from the land if the farmers agreed to ship their grain to China via the Gateway Pacific Terminal.
Last week, we learned that someone tried to insert language in a bill that would do just that for Monsanto, lift all government restrictions on growing MONSANTO grain. So now, we not only have to worry about the coal, we have to worry about them shipping GMO grain. At least the rest of the world is wising up to threat of the GMO grains.
I wouldn’t worry that much about genetically modified wheat making us sick.
The non-genetically-modified strains in common use are already toxic, due to the introduction of genetic material from non-food grasses through perfectly ordinary cross-breeding and hybridization.
I didn’t discuss insect repellents. I discussed roundup, the herbicide. GMO crops are engineered so they can be sprayed with roundup and not die. It’s an easy (but as it turns out not so cheap) way to keep weeds down in your field.
Unfortunately the crop you’re growing ends up saturated with glyphosphate. aka Roundup.
Not all governments are bought and paid for by Monsanto. Our government recently gave the corporation legal immunity in case their product is found to be harmful to humans. That should tell you something!
RoundUp kills all vegetation, not just weeds, and it does it in a matter of days. I killed every plant on a quarter-acre of weed-overrun land using the stuff, and every one of them died and dried up down to the roots in less than a week. It's not selective in the slightest.
Just hearing there's a plant that it won't kill is amazing enough, but hearing that the same company that created RoundUp also created the one plant that it can't kill? That sounds near-diabolic.
I’m not sure I’d classify something so nearly sterile as to necessitate ‘embryo rescue’ as a normal part of selective breeding. Our current wheat would have never been able to have been bred 100 years ago.
crony capitalism in America is not so much about “cronies” as it is about social corporatism, and you are correct. It is soft fascism.
A state in bed with a corporation is a gross violation of a free market. Those who roundly defend free markets should not defend social corporatism. It looks sort of like a duck, but it doesn’t walk and quack like one.
But wheat is not a weed.
And rip gut, and cheat grass, and especially Ehrharta erecta...
This is bad.
Called zoonosis. Jumping species.
GMO seed is done by gene modification in the lab.
Previous strains of seed were developed by natural selection and cross breeding. Not Genetically Modified in the lab.
Very Very few wheat varieties are GMO.
Wheat is largely self pollinating and is wind pollinated.
I hope to harvest the first of our wheat seed crop beginning tomorrow. Worked on the combine for the past 2 days getting ready.
Monsanto fed my family for 30 years and my brother continues to work there off and on. It is a great company that is remarkably innovative.
It’s a weed when it goes when it isn’t wanted. Wheat is no politer than crabgrass.
So what we are dealing with is a food product saturated with a poison chemical. Is this the issue?
Hybridization is one thing Cook County..
bastardization is a whole ‘mother issue.
Ah, the Monsantroll
Like most human endeavors, the Monsanto Corp., has become a gov’t entity. Gifted by purpose, while fully denigrating, the same. There is absolutely no way to avoid/absolve the evil, you pretend, to not be invested with, by your life.
Remember how in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s the medical field declared microbes ‘conquered’ via antibiotics?
Guess what happened next?
Get ready for roundup resistant weeds and other happy consequences.
The long term effects of human exposure to roundup aren’t really known either. When you eat GMO soy and sugar you’re ingesting roundup with every bite as well.
I always ask about quantities when someone complains about poison. If you breathe too much dihydrogen monoxide, you will die too.
roundup... so that’s why i keep wanting to yeehaw after my corn flakes
Wow. Did you read that out of a Monsanto advertisement? That is a specious claim at best.
Look, I dislike greenie anticapitalist hippies as much as the next guy, but once in a blue moon they are right. And I'd rather not eat food that has had its genetic structure interfered with by short-sighted experimenters. I have no problem with natural hybridization, but splicing in genetic parts from foreign organisms is the biological equivalent of saying, "hold my beer and watch me do something really cool!" Nobody knows what genetic repercussions will manifest over the next 20-100 generations of these plants and how it might spread to similar plants, which could touch off other unforseen repercussions.
>> “So what we are dealing with is a food product saturated with a poison chemical. Is this the issue?” <<
A small part of the problem.
Thje main part is that the unnatural nucleotides from GMO crops are destructive to all life.
One of the issues. There ARE no long term studies on the safety of consuming food containing roundup. Or Bt toxin that’s in GMO corn. 90 day studies are all that’s done.
If I *trusted* the CDC and FDA not to be completely bought off and have their fingers in giant corruption cookie jars I might trust it. However, given all the *other* corrupt government organizations that level of trust just isn’t there for me.
My kids aren’t allowed to have GMO food. At all. If the GMO supporters love it so much let their kids eat it.
‘scuse me, are you a troll ? You sound just like one ~
(btw have you heard of the THOUSANDS of farmers in India who commit suicide after trying planting with gmo’s ~
((that is just ONE anecdote of the horrors from gmo’s
I’m sure lots of nice people had enjoyable jobs at IG Farben.
A family members guy friend is really into horticulture and just finished planting a garden for the family over the week-end. I noted the tomatoes etc. had all these fancy names and he mentioned many of them were genetically modified...and that many seeds and foods are today.
Forgive my ignorance on this, but it seems I should be informed of this by the looks of this thread.
Thanks for the link. I’ll read it, see what it tells me.
Eincorn Wheat is still available and is reported to have been cultivated for at least 7500 years.
Turkey Red Wheat has been used in Kansas as far back as 1874. It was imported from Russia before that time. That seed is still available.
Texas Red is similar variety and it is still maintained in the USDA germplasm pool. I know, because they shipped me germplasm for it.
I’d eat it unless it was engineered to turn out something like cyanide
hush mah mouf... er, genes
CDC= Centers for Disease Creation
FDA=Federal Drug Administration
Hybrid tomatoes like our grandmothers grew aren’t ‘genetically modified’ in the same way as the roundup ready soy or the Bt corn. The hybrid tomatoes all had tomatoes as ancestors. And all their descendants will be tomatoes. Just maybe not the SAME tomatoes.
The ‘genetically modified’ soy, corn, canola and sugar beet crops have had genetic code from another species entirely added artificially in a lab. These resulting varieties would never have existed prior to the 1970’s and the discovery of how to diddle genomes.
Gregor Mendel would have probably thrown Holy Water on the ‘genetically modified’ stuff.
So if your kin is growing ‘genetically modified’ tomatoes then some part of that ‘tomato’ genome isn’t from a tomato. It’s from another species.
Why would you put RoundUp on wheat? It kills 99+% of wheat varieties. RoundUp is used for controlling weeds in the off season using NoTill methods. But never applied to the wheat.
Well that’s enough reading to scare the living crap out of anyone!
......”some part of that tomato genome isnt from a tomato. Its from another species”.....
Meaning exactly what? Another plant type of something altogether different?
We eat only organic and hope for the best.
Don’t ask me. Ask whoever decided to put the resistance gene in there to begin with...
Which is how we got this article.
Yes. Probably. Which is to say I doubt your friend meant to say ‘genetically modified’ when they were speaking of their likely plain old hybrid tomatoes.
The biggest creep factor for me is all the wackjob population control nuts who are heavily invested in this technology. You will never convince me it’s because they want to see all seven billion of Earth’s inhabitants live long, healthy and fertile lives.
If you’ve got the room, grow your own. Even a couple zucchini plants, peppers and tomatoes will lessen the amount of food you’re purchasing from questionable sources.
Japan banned ALL Genetically Modified Seed.
This is not about RoundUp resistant wheat seed.
I don’t blame Japan one bit.
As I mentioned upthread. My kids aren’t allowed to eat GMO food. And they eat organic meat and eggs as well. Hubby and I try to do the same but it’s expensive. The kids come first.
I'm sure it concerns you, but really that argument is the same one that greenies use against all technology, "Who knows what might happen?" Actually there is a vast knowledge base on plant genetics and there are no "mysteries" about genetic modification. It's far more likely that some dangerous plant mutation could pop in the wild from the trillions of genetic mutations that occur around the world every day from cosmic ray particles streaming in from outer space.
You mentioned “mad wheat”, maybe it could become LSD — no, it was rye seed that caused an entire town in France to go crazy. Could become a new weapon of mass destruction — keep a close watch on Monsanto’s monkey business.
Some folks here have mentioned bees carrying pollen. Winds carry it, too. There are also other vehicles (e.g., ourselves).