Unapproved genetically modified wheat from Monsanto found in Oregon field


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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.
Many food safety advocates and environmental groups say that more testing needs to be done to ensure that genetically modified seeds dont harm human health. In addition, they say, the genetic engineering of crops has encouraged the more widespread use of herbicides and led to the development of weeds more resistant to those herbicides.
The United States already relies heavily on genetically modified crops. Genetically engineered corn, cotton and soybeans have gone from 5 to 17 percent of the U.S. market in 1997 to between two-thirds and more than 90 percent in 2012. By some estimates, more than 70 percent of processed foods sold in the United States contain ingredients and oils from genetically engineered crops.
But Americans remain skeptical about some genetically modified foods, including current proposals to cultivate altered salmon. And big agriculture companies have avoided commercial development of genetically engineered wheat because about half of the U.S. wheat crop is exported, and governments in major markets such as the European Union, Japan and China are opposed to genetically modified wheat seed.
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On Fri, 31 May 2013 10:09:03 -0700, Billy wrote:

I am extremely skeptical of any genetically modified crops. ESPECIALLY those into which Round-up mitochondria have been introduced. Round-up in my food is NOT my idea of a good time.
My own personal observations on oatmeal has been that I believe these genetically altered grains cause digestive problems including diarrhea and other digestive disturbances. While I can't PROVE that it's GA oats that is doing it, I strongly suspect that this is so given the degree to which GA grains have contaminated American Farms. (Which is especially interesting given that once Monsanto contaminates your farm, they sue you for millions for "patent infringement" for having their contamination)
Anyway, I used to ALWAYS eat oatmeal for breakfast. No problem. Then suddenly I noticed that cheaper "store brand" oatmeal was starting to cause some kind of problems, but higher priced brands were OK. Then after a time I noticed that the "better" brands had the problem but "name" brands like Quaker did not. Now finally I notice that ALL oatmeal has the problem and I've had to give it up all together. And that is made even more interesting by government insistence that non-genetically altered food may NOT be so marked when sold. Obviously they are looking out for all of us.
Seems to me what is needed is some kind of quick and dirty chemical test for Round-up in our food. I'm guessing we will really be appalled at how bad it is at present.
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