USDA announces investigation into Montana field contaminated with GE wheat.

wheatThe has announced its investigation into another incident of unauthorized release of genetically engineered (GE) wheat, this time in Montana. The new report highlights the contamination threat to and the environment. The what was found to be genetically resistant to Roundup.

The genetically engineered wheat was found growing at the Montana State University Southern Agricultural Center in Huntley Montana. The location was used by and researchers to grow GE wheat as a part of a field trial between 2000 and 2003.

No explanation has been provided as to why GE wheat was growing at the location, although the theory is that even after field trials have ended, the GE plant continues to propagate leading to the continued contamination of fields and successive what crops decades later.

GE wheat is not deregulated by the and any experimental use of GE wheat must have the approval of the and be grown under guidelines. It now appears that the GE material persisted, leading to the continued contamination of fields and successive wheat crops a decade later. The Oregon and Montana cases show that experimental use (field tests) of GE material does in fact lead to long-term contamination, isolated or not.

Environmental concerns have arisen as wheat pollen is carried by the wind and the plant is self-pollinating. Cross-pollination occurs frequently and increases during dry and warm weather conditions. , both and non-GE operations, are severely affected by GE contamination to enormous costly measures to ensure their crop’s integrity. Once contamination occurs have no recourse available to them. has conducted 279 field trials of GE wheat on over more than 4,000 acres of land in 16 states since 1994.



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