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Unauthorized GMO Wheat Found in Washington State

by Julie Fidler, Natural Society:

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials said last week that an unapproved variety of wheat was found growing in a Washington state field, though there are no signs that it made its way into commercial grain shipments.

The Monsanto-produced wheat is a RoundUp-resistant variety that was never commercially released. USDA officials said it was discovered in a farmer’s planted field. Department officials are in the process of testing the farmer’s wheat harvest for the GMO variety, but so far none has been found.

This is the 3rd time unapproved GM wheat has been discovered in the United States since mid-2013, the 1st time occurring on a 125-acre farm in Oregon. The discovery led to some Asian countries temporarily suspending U.S. wheat imports.

Then, in 2014, biotech wheat turned up near a Montana State University crop research facility that had hosted biotech wheat trials more than 10 years earlier. Those, too, were developed by Monsanto.

A Monsanto spokesperson said the GM wheat found in Washington was studied in “limited field trials” in the Pacific Northwest from 1998 to 2000, but was never sold to farmers.

Genetically engineered (GE) corn, soybean, cotton varieties are grown on more than 90% of all U.S. acres dedicated to those crops; however, no GM wheat varieties are approved for commercial farming in this country. [1]

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