Genetically Engineered Wheat is Destroying US Agriculture: Oregon Wheat Found Contaminated with GE Wheat

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GMOCornRepublished from Global Research.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that unapproved genetically engineered (GE) wheat was found growing in an Oregon wheat field. The discovery has implications for U.S. trade as Japan has already indicated it would stop purchasing U.S. wheat exports.

According to USDA officials, a Oregon farmer sprayed his wheat field, intending it to lay fallow for the next year. Despite multiple sprays of RoundUp, the farmer found so-called “volunteer” crops unexpectedly persisted, just as GE crops are engineered to do. The discovery prompted him to send samples to Carol Mallery Smith, scientist at Oregon State University, who determined that the crops were infused with the RoundUp Ready gene. USDA confirmed the results but officials have declined to comment on how the seeds ended up in this farmer’s field to begin with considering Monsanto has not conducted field trials in Oregon since 2001 when it reportedly withdrew from the state.

Since 1994, Monsanto has conducted 279 field trials of RoundUp Ready wheat over more than 4,000 acres of land in 16 states. Tests have been conducted in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming. After facing intense opposition from farmers and activists, Monsanto reportedly stopped its efforts to introduce GE wheat, but restarted extensive field trials again in 2011.

Contamination of non-GE crops, particularly for USDA certified organic crops, is a serious concern. Worries about harm to human health and the environment have prompted several state legislatures to consider bills that would require labeling of products with GE ingredients so consumers know what they are eating. Additional legislation proposed by Senator Bill Bowman (R-ND) in 2002 would have allowed farmers in North Dakota the right to sue Monsanto if wheat was found to be contaminated with genetically modified crops. The discovery is likely to prompt similar legislation if not litigation.

USDA regulates GE herbicide-tolerant plants under the Plant Protection Act, however its scrutiny of the full range of potential human health and environmental effects has been challenged by environmental groups as inadequate.  GE wheat is not approved to be grown in the U.S. or anywhere world-wide.

While the world’s biggest wheat importer, Egypt, has made no move to stop importing U.S. wheat, Japan has cancelled its offer to buy U.S.\ western white wheat. Meanwhile the European Union has prepared to begin testing shipments for the RoundUp Ready gene. These discoveries may have major implications for the U.S. economy, In 2012, exported wheat represented a gross sum of $18.1 billion, with 90% of Oregon’s wheat exported abroad.

“Nobody’s going to want to buy wheat from the PNW (Pacific Northwest) for a while,” said Roy Huckabay, analyst with the Linn Group in Chicago.

For more information on the environmental hazards associated with GE technology, visit Beyond Pesticides’ Genetic Engineering webpage. The best way to avoid genetically engineered foods in the marketplace is to purchase foods that have the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Organic Seal. Under organic certification standards, genetically modified organisms and their byproducts are prohibited. For many other reasons, organic products are the right choice for consumers.

3 comments on “Genetically Engineered Wheat is Destroying US Agriculture: Oregon Wheat Found Contaminated with GE Wheat
  1. What constitutes a FDA cause that should have legal charges involved? Is it that Monsanto, that Gates favorite foundation to enrich with his vast wealth, is therefore exempt and untouchable? What about the GM rejection by countries across the world, that have found a high correlation between these altered seeds and cancer rates in rats? Seems science doesn’t interfere with corporate profits, even to the extent of endangering the health of Americans. An issue that is also part of Monsanto’s GMO corn and wheat seeds is the sterilizing affect on populations who consume these grains. The new book by Dan Brown, Inferno, has a subtext of population control. In his subtle prose, Brown weaves in dubious facts that result in catastrophic warnings for the future at its present 9 billion population. Curiously he posits, through his characters the number that is “doable.” is 4 billion. This just happens to be the same number that is proposed by the likes of the Bilderberg cabal, Rockefeller, Bush, Brzezinski and Kissinger, who famously has said that the globe is overburdened with vast number of “Useless eaters.” Coincidental? I doubt it! Along with this theme, Brown also endorses the bennies of trans-humanism. Another favorite cause of the same population control power elite. The dangers inherit in trans-humanism are Orwellian nightmare scenarios. How could any sane person endorse a cause dear to heart of Hitler and is Arayan, superman quest? The hybridization of the human genome, “enriched” with other species is a Josef Mengele monstrous idea. Why is Brown using his novel as a conduit of legitimizing such civilization destroying scientific crimes?
    These ideas are at the core of Inferno. Obviously, Brown is a lackey to the worst of the NWO’s Orwellian plans. It is imperative that we present an expose of where such ideas are acted upon to the detriment of us all!

  2. Nice connection. Sometimes, “fiction” is only fiction because folks wouldn’t believe it it if they were told the truth. There are a variety of “novels” out right now that fall into that category.

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