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GMO Wheat Found Growing Wild In Oregon, Japan Suspends Import From U.S. 679

An anonymous reader writes "NPR reports that an Oregon wheat farmer found a patch of wheat growing where he did not plant. After RoundUp failed to kill the plants, he sent them to a lab for testing. Turns out the wheat in question is a GMO strain created by Monsanto but never sent to market. Oregon field trials for the wheat ended in 2001. 'Nobody knows how this wheat got to this farm. ... After all such trials, the genetically engineered crops are supposed to be completely removed. Also, nobody knows how widely this genetically engineered wheat has spread, and whether it's been in fields of wheat that were harvested for food.' The USDA is currently investigating and says there is no health-risk. Meanwhile, Monsanto has released a statement and Japan has suspended some wheat imports from the U.S. 'The mystery could have implications on wheat trade. Many countries around the world will not accept imports of genetically modified foods, and the United States exports about half of its wheat crop.'"
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GMO Wheat Found Growing Wild In Oregon, Japan Suspends Import From U.S.

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  • by ranulf ( 182665 ) on Friday May 31, 2013 @08:54AM (#43871251)
    We'll have to wheat and see what their report says...
  • by localman57 ( 1340533 ) on Friday May 31, 2013 @08:55AM (#43871255)
    1. Create Genetic Engineered Crops
    2. Crops perform better than natural crops, crowding them out both in the marketplace, and in the wild.
    3. Profit!
    4. Engineered crops later found not suitable for human consumption
    5. Famine.
  • by Picass0 ( 147474 ) on Friday May 31, 2013 @08:56AM (#43871265) Homepage Journal

    http://rt.com/usa/monsanto-bill-blunt-agriculture-006/ [rt.com]

    The Senate is considering repealing, I'm sure this will add fuel to the fire. But as it stands Monsanto is imune from liability.

  • Copyright? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by MrMickS ( 568778 ) on Friday May 31, 2013 @08:57AM (#43871269) Homepage Journal

    So, has the farmer been sued by Monsanto yet for copyright infringement?

  • by Geraden ( 15689 ) on Friday May 31, 2013 @08:58AM (#43871275) Homepage

    THIS may be the proverbial straw that breaks the back of big-business GMO.

    If farmers can't sell their wheat, then they will stop buying GMO seed. It's a perfect storm for the way market forces shape products and individual actions.

    • by jythie ( 914043 ) on Friday May 31, 2013 @09:01AM (#43871313)
      And, while the biotech industry has a serious lobby, the farm lobby is also pretty powerful. It would be interesting to watch evenly matched lobbies instead of the bloodbath we usually get.
    • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 ) * <mojo@wo[ ]3.net ['rld' in gap]> on Friday May 31, 2013 @09:03AM (#43871343) Homepage Journal

      The issue of regulation is already one of the biggest problems for GMO. If Monsanto invents a new type of crop they need to get it approved for growing and for human consumption in every market. In the US it isn't so bad because there is just the FDA, but even in Europe it takes much longer and you have to convince many different agencies that it is safe. Then you have to start doing the rest of the world country by country.

      That's why Japan immediately halted these imports. Even if the FDA or whoever in the US says this stuff is okay to eat the are, of course, going to want to determine that for themselves.

    • But the ones who buy GMO seed are having no difficulties, it is ones who do not that go bankrupt.

  • heh (Score:4, Funny)

    by sociocapitalist ( 2471722 ) on Friday May 31, 2013 @08:59AM (#43871297)

    How long until Monsanto sues the state of Oregon?

    (and no I'm not serious)

  • by Hatta ( 162192 ) on Friday May 31, 2013 @09:03AM (#43871339) Journal

    Someone should tell them that wheat pollen is distributed by the wind.

    • Someone should tell them that wheat pollen is distributed by the wind.

      But wheat seeds aren't to a great extent.

      So it's actually pretty serious if one is concerned about the crop going wild: It's apparently not male-sterile and cross-pollination can pass on the Roundup resistance to unmodified plants. This lands somewhere between a hassle and extra expense for farmers who aren't growing wheat and can't use Roundup to prepare their fields for other crops, and a potential disaster for farmers who are growing conventional who get their crop sales potential -- and thus value -- re

  • by slashmydots ( 2189826 ) on Friday May 31, 2013 @09:13AM (#43871451)
    This reminds me. To all you haters saying that the US does nothing but import and it's a suicidal economic structure, read that last line. We import cheap plastic crap and clothes and toys from China and export a gigantic supply of food around the world. Yeah, electronics' sourcing are a bit of a problem but other than that, our exports are quite important. That's why Monsanto should really stop fucking it up. I hope the government fines them the entirety of the lost sales.
    • by indy_bob_twobears ( 771882 ) on Friday May 31, 2013 @09:41AM (#43871773)
      The "Monsanto Protection Act", referenced above in the link, http://rt.com/usa/monsanto-bill-blunt-agriculture-006/ [rt.com], prevents the governement for fining them for anything. This is precisely the type of incident the bill was written to protect them from. Funny that, isn't it?
      • I know I'm going to get modded to hell by GMO worshipers, but so be it:

        All of you that see (R) on the ballot and instinctively vote (D), and all of you that see (D) on the ballot and instinctively vote (R), this is the result: a government so corrupt that is passes laws protecting companies that are trying to kill you for profit.

        We still have a mechanism short of violent revolt to take our country back: vote third party. If you vote (D) or (R), you are saying that you support government corruption and have

  • by Jason Levine ( 196982 ) on Friday May 31, 2013 @09:26AM (#43871607) Homepage

    Their statement is basically "this is the first time this has happened and we're just as surprised as you are."

    Of course, all previous cases involved them blaming farmers for covertly planting the crops while the farmers insisted the seeds blew onto their land. (You know, how wheat evolved for thousands of years to spread.) In other words, this is the first time that they can't pin it on the farmer.

  • by jcdr ( 178250 ) on Friday May 31, 2013 @09:30AM (#43871641)

    Another new technology claimed to be totally safe and absolutely under control that yield a new unknown and unexpected effect. The human race will probably not survive long enough to his own errors to reach the level where his global conscience and individual action are compatible with the ecosystem of the Earth.

    Simply put: human fail miserably to manage process that span longer than a his own lifetime.

  • by bickerdyke ( 670000 ) on Friday May 31, 2013 @10:03AM (#43872045)

    This should show that the main risk of genetic manipulated plants is NOT that eating them may or may not be harmful , but that you might not be able to control their spread.

  • by Frankie70 ( 803801 ) on Friday May 31, 2013 @10:10AM (#43872147)

    The USDA is currently investigating and says there is no health-risk.

    I think USDA's charter is to say there is never any healthrisk in any food originating in the US.

  • by kbg ( 241421 ) on Friday May 31, 2013 @10:29AM (#43872439)

    It is obvious if you grow GMO plants outside they will eventually spread no matter how many precautions you take, this is just simple nature and evolution.

  • Life finds a way (Score:3, Interesting)

    by LokiFoo ( 22476 ) on Friday May 31, 2013 @10:43AM (#43872673)

    Where have I heard this before? oh yeah:

    "The kind of control you're attempting simply is... it's not possible. If there is one thing the history of evolution has taught us it's that life will not be contained. Life breaks free, it expands to new territories and crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously, but, uh... well, there it is." Dr. Ian Malcolm

  • by erroneus ( 253617 ) on Friday May 31, 2013 @11:07AM (#43872989) Homepage

    Anyone care to guess how the FDA determined that GMO foods are safe? They "consulted with experts." Those experts? Oh yeah.... Monsanto.

    And seriously, when the Dairy people keep telling the USDA people that we need more milk in our diet eat year, you have to be a little suspicious considering the source. And Monsanto claiming their stuff don't stink? Why should we expect any other answer?

    How are drug trials run? I suspect they are more rigorous and performed by independent testing people. Why has GMO foods gotten a pass on this process?

  • by endus ( 698588 ) on Friday May 31, 2013 @11:34AM (#43873353)

    ...and so it begins.

Neutrinos have bad breadth.