Unwelcome GMO wheat wanders onto Oregon farm

Genetically engineered wheat has been found growing on a field in Oregon. That, in its own right, might not be considered earth shattering news. For that you need the extra ingredients: the wheat in questions wasn’t planted by the farmer, and the wheat has never been approved for commercial planting.

Biotech company Monsanto, who is believed to be the company that developed the wheat in question, ended its Oregon field trials of GMO wheat in 2001, so it’s a bit of a mystery how the wheat was still found there, more than ten years later.

“Further testing by USDA laboratories indicate the presence of the same genetically engineered GE glyphosate-resistant wheat variety that Monsanto was authorized to field test in 16 states from 1998 to 2005. APHIS launched a formal investigation after being notified by an Oregon State University scientist that initial tests of wheat samples from an Oregon farm indicated the possible presence of GE glyphosate-resistant wheat plants,” the USDA said in a statement.

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