argylesock says… This bad news isn’t a surprise. People have been concerned about escaping transgenes for several years by now. For example, rapeseed (Brassica napus, also called oilseed rape or canola) modified to resist glyphosate (Roundup) escaped and crossed with B. napus modified to resist gluphosinate (Liberty). I like what Global Food Politics says in the post I’m reblogging: who is held responsible when transgenes escape? That’s when, not if. It’s been happening for years already, even in countries such as mine (Britain) where GM crops are permitted only in field trials.
[Edit] Here’s what my fellow blogger at Climate Connections said about the escaped GM wheat.
It was reported last week that genetically modified wheat never approved for sale had been discovered in a farmer’s field in Oregon. The wheat had been developed by Monsanto to express glyphosate resistance (Roundup Ready). While test fields of the wheat had been planted in 16 states between 1998 and 2005, the product was approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Given the resistance among wheat farmers concerned that GM wheat would be rejected by European and Asian consumers, Monsanto announced it had shelved Roundup Ready wheat.
While it was not clear how widespread the GM wheat had become, the US Department of Agriculture announced investigators were looking into the incident. The Japanese government announced it was suspending some wheat shipments from the United States over fear of contamination. Japan is one of the largest importers of US wheat.
It’s too early to know how the GM wheat made…
View original post 214 more words