Reuters: Unapproved Strain of Monsanto GMO Wheat Found Growing in OregonSubmitted by LapHog on Wed, 05/29/2013 - 22:44
A strain of genetically engineered wheat never approved for sale or consumption by authorities was found sprouting on a farm in Oregon, the Agriculture Department said Wednesday...
The genetically modified wheat sprouted this spring in a field that grew winter wheat last year. When the farmer sprayed the so-called volunteer plants with a glyphosate herbicide, some of them unexpectedly survived. Samples were then sent to Oregon State University and to the USDA for analysis.
Testing showed the wheat was a Monsanto-developed strain resistant to glyphosate. The company is assisting in the investigation, the department said, adding that Monsanto tested Roundup Ready wheat varieties—those resistant to the widely used herbicide—in 16 states from 1998 to 2005.
Scuse and Michael Firko, who oversees the USDA's biotechnology approval process, said the department was looking into how the strain appeared on the farm when no seeds should have been available for several years.
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