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Monsanto’s Genetically Modified Wheat Not Approved for Commercial Planting, Found on Farm

Ashley Curtin
NationofChange / News Report
Published: Saturday 1 June 2013
The “Roundup Ready” crop recently found on an unnamed farm is currently under investigation to figure out how the mysterious genetically modified wheat re-appeared eight years after Monsanto dropped it.
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Criticism surrounding Monsanto continues to grow as a new scandal broke out against the biotech giant on Wednesday. After strains of wheat were found growing “like a weed” on a farm in Oregon, tests conducted by the Department of Agriculture determined it to be genetically engineered, tracing it back to a Monsanto experiment that took place between 1998 and 2005.

But the discovery of the genetically modified wheat raises many questions since the experiment was said to come to an end after never being approved for commercial planting in the U.S. or overseas.

According to the U.S. Department of Agricultural, the wheat was “developed by Monsanto to be resistant to the herbicide Roundup”—containing glyphosate, which can be toxic to the environment and a health risk to people—and “field-tested in 16 states, including Oregon,” never went to production. The “Roundup Ready” crop recently found on an unnamed farm is currently under investigation to figure out how the mysterious genetically modified wheat re-appeared eight years after Monsanto dropped it.

The farmer, who said he found the wheat unexpectedly growing on his farm, sprayed it with Roundup, and when the “impossible” happened, he sent the surviving samples of wheat to a laboratory for testing. As the U.S. is concerned about how the wheat strain “escaped protocols,” according to Reuters, officials said the crop poses no health-threats since reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration in 2004.

While the Department of Agriculture is unsure if any of the genetically modified wheat was part of the recent food supply or crop shipments, Monsanto said that if the tests prove to be true, they could assure that it is “very limited.” But many wheat exporters suspended American wheat imports; Japan being one of them.

Since about 90 percent of wheat grown in Oregon is exported worldwide and generates “half a billion dollars in revenue each year,” this poses an exceptional threat to American agriculture, according to the Department of Agriculture.

The ongoing investigation raises many questions for officials and gives activists continuing reason to boycott GMO, but through it all, Monsanto stands behind its products claiming “a history of safe use,” according to a statement published on Monsanto.com. No matter what comes of the investigation, the fact is that genetically modified wheat, a product of Monsanto, was found illegally growing on an Oregon farm.



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ABOUT Ashley Curtin

Ashley Curtin is an exclusive reporter for NationofChange writing on trending topics such as politics, the economy, human rights and the environment from around the world. Before this, she was a features reporter at Daily Breeze, a local newspaper in Southern California, writing a variety of stories with focus in the field of science and medicine, arts and entertainment. Ashley is a transplant from Boston now calling Los Angeles her home.

Monsanto is a giant

Monsanto is a giant juggernaut determined to control the world's food supply via it's patented GMO seeds. If you own the seeds of life, you own the world. They, and the biotech chemical cartel, also manufacture the pesticides and chemicals/fertilizers needed to grow these biotech pharmaceutical crops that are destroying biodiversity, poisoning the soils and waterways. They have absolutely no social conscience and will blatantly and flagrantly violent any law using any means necessary to accomplish this, including using the US Govt to front for it using trade strong arming in other countries and thanks to the Monsanto Protection Act have virtually been given immunity to lawsuits with little or no oversight http://ow.ly/lDIGb

This contamination is as bad

This contamination is as bad (or worse) than the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The economic impact of this "spill" could endanger wheat exports all over the world, as Europe and Asia try to protect their food supply. Just like BP, Monsanto should be liable for clean-up costs, economic losses, and fines.

No liability will stop

No liability will stop Monsanto. They've got so much money they can wait until they've mutated all of us to even look at their costs!

Since it is a patented

Since it is a patented MonSatan product, and was found 'illegally' growing, MonSatan will no doubt sue the britches off the poor farmer who found it growing on his land. And since it was growing wild and pollinating many a wheat field, MonSatan will no doubt be suing many a Oregon farmer for cultivating and selling their 'product' 'illegally'. And the courts will find in MonSatan's favor. The discovery of this "accidental" release of their product is another big win for MonSatan and another nail in the coffin of the American Farmer.

Oregon? Why stop at Oregon?

Oregon? Why stop at Oregon? This experimental wheat was open-field planted in 16 different states. Since wheat is wind pollinated, as are all other small grains including corn, this contamination problem is widespread. They really are trying to poison us. Japan announced they will no longer buy wheat from the USA. Australia allowed some experimental open-field wheat to be planted in their country only to find out that mammals eating the experimental grain had a number of critical genes permanently turned off, and the turn off has persisted through 7 generations of test animals. Did Monsanto take the USA wheat to Australia and contaminate them?

...and, thanks to the Protect

...and, thanks to the Protect Monsanto Rider passed with the continuing resolution a few months ago, lots more franken-genes can be disseminated this growing season. So, in the next few years, more cases like this will likely come up, and we will just scratch our heads, say it must have been in '13, and eat it.

Man, I wish we had leaders in this country who could do more than carry water for money.

And they talk about delaying

And they talk about delaying the cost of borrowing, passing it on to our grandchildren? How about we all think about the costs this wreck of all heath will incur? Anyone heard a Doctor say: "Eat real food." recently?

Hey! Willing team of

Hey! Willing team of Attorneys! How about crowd funding / kickstarter suing Monsanto for chemical trespass every time a single GMO is found on someone else's property? I'm in.

Me too! This is all becoming

Me too! This is all becoming unbelievable. It is a known fact we can feed the world from organic farms. This is a problem to Monsanto so this is what they do. And, our country has become all about the money and Monsanto owns our politicians and basically, the country. Such a sad state of affairs.

This is an idea whose time

This is an idea whose time has come and the time is now. To the editors of the website; please initiate the legal action. Myself and many who read this post will reach out to others and get the ball rolling. Make no mistake; if the declining Bee population is actually being affected by the GMO's, the future of humanity is at risk because of impending food shortages due to the absence of pollination. As the others say; I'm in. Let's get going.

This is an idea whose time

This is an idea whose time has come and the time is now. To the editors of the website; please initiate the legal action. Myself and many who read this post will reach out to others and get the ball rolling. Make no mistake; if the declining Bee population is actually being affected by the GMO's, the future of humanity is at risk because of impending food shortages due to the absence of pollination.

Atlantis the lost continent /

Atlantis the lost continent / cloning and medical experiments
GMO salmon??? they and our politicians will tell you they are saving the world...

Monsanto will win because the

Monsanto will win because the judges and politicians in the US are soulless zombies.

I've downloaded the Buycott app and I have successfully avoided companies supporting GMO. It's easy and fast. If everyone does this we can hit them in the bottom line.

So now can we turn the

So now can we turn the tables? Can the unnamed farmer AND the state of Oregon SUE the Monsanto bastards for damages? If Monsanto can sue farmers for infringing on copyright when GMO seeds are blown by the wind into non-GMO fields AND WIN, then why can't non-GMO farmers sue for contamination by an unapproved seed? And why can't Oregon go after Monsanto for potentially destroying the market for export of its wheat?
All together now. "Because Monsanto rules!"

You're absolutely right! The

You're absolutely right! The State of Oregon has a legitimate reason to sue Monsanto - but will it? Probably not. Higher ups, if Republicans, won't sue their own. Democrats, on the other hand, will eat their own but when it comes to others, are basically pussies. I hope the farmer sues - or tries to. I have a feeling that would be a case Monsanto would keep languishing on the books for years without ever going to trial. I wonder if starting a petition to the State of Oregon to sue, on Change.org, would get their attention?

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