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June 15, 2013

Strange things start to happen when you list headlines in order of appearance…..


Modified Wheat is Discovered in Oregon

Japan and South Korea bar imports of U.S. wheat,

genetically altered wheat in Oregon comes as no surprise,

biotech wheat inevitable, industry says.

 Modified Wheat Is Discovered in Oregon

Published: May 29, 2013

Unapproved genetically engineered wheat has been found growing on a farm in Oregon, federal officials said Wednesday, a development that could disrupt American exports of the grain.

The Agriculture Department said the wheat was of the type developed by Monsanto to be resistant to the herbicide Roundup, also known as glyphosate. Such wheat was field-tested in 16 states, including Oregon, from 1998 through 2005, but Monsanto dropped the project before the wheat was ever approved for commercial planting.

Japan and South Korea Bar Imports of U.S. Wheat

Published: May 31, 2013

Japan and South Korea suspended some imports of American wheat, and the European Union urged its 27 nations to increase testing, after the United States government disclosed this week that a strain of genetically engineered wheat that was never approved for sale was found growing in an Oregon field.

Although none of the wheat, developed by Monsanto Company, was found in any grain shipments — and the Department of Agriculture said there would be no health risk if any was shipped — governments in Asia and Europe acted quickly to limit their risk.


Genetically Altered Wheat in Oregon Comes as No Surprise

Published: June 5, 2013

One week after the revelation that an Oregon farmer had found genetically engineered wheat growing in his fields, scientists remain mystified over how the strain — apparently the remains of a test crop shut down a dozen years ago — got there.

But few are surprised. Even with extensive precautions, gene-altered plants turn up in unwanted places regularly enough that farmers have come to consider a few of them weeds, and even a threat to their livelihood.


Biotech wheat inevitable, industry says

Posted: Friday, June 14, 2013 12:00 AM

Idaho Wheat Commission Executive Director Blaine Jacobson believes commercial genetically modified wheat in the U.S. market is about 8 to 10 years away, but it wouldn’t surprise him to see it appear sooner in another country.

“There is a lot of research on transgenic wheat underway, (and) I don’t think there’s any doubt it will happen,” Jacobson said. “It’s just a question of when it’s going to happen.”


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