Published: May 29, 2013 on Farm Futures
The video below is the USDA’s official confirmation that illegal and unapproved Monsanto wheat is growing freely in Oregon.
Consider that only recently scientists held a press conference on the potential threat of GMO Wheat to “silence hundreds of human genes.” [see video]
Below is an article describing the USDA’s finding in detail.
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wednesday announced that tests of plant samples from a field in Oregon indicate the presence of genetically engineered glyphosate-resistant volunteer wheat plants.
Further testing by USDA laboratories indicated the presence of the same GE glyphosate-resistant wheat variety that Monsanto was authorized to field test in 16 states from 1998 to 2005. There are no GE wheat varieties approved for sale or in commercial production in the United States or elsewhere at this time.
The detection of this wheat variety does not pose a food safety concern, APHIS said. [Yeah Right!]
The Food and Drug Administration completed a voluntary consultation on the safety of food and feed derived from this GE glyphosate-resistant wheat variety in 2004.
According to the U.S. Wheat Associates and National Association of Wheat Growers, Monsanto did conduct research on Roundup Ready spring wheat in the past, but withdrew its application for deregulation of the trait in wheat.
Michael Firko, acting deputy administrator for APHIS’ Biotechnology and Regulatory Services, said in a press statement that the group’s first priority is to determine the circumstances and extent of the situation and how it happened.
“We are collaborating with state, industry, and trading partners on this situation and are committed to providing timely information about our findings. USDA will put all necessary resources towards this investigation,” he said.
“We know it is important to understand how this situation occurred, and we have confidence that APHIS will be able to determine that as soon as possible,” U.S. Wheat and NAWG said in a statement. “Nothing is more important than the trust we’ve earned with our customers at home and around the world by providing a reliable supply of high-quality wheat. As industry leaders, we will cooperate with authorities in the United States and international markets to understand the facts surrounding this incident and help minimize its impact. ”
Continue reading at Breaking: USDA Finds Illegal Monsanto GMO Wheat in Oregon Field – GreenMedTV.