GM wheat rears its ugly head; again.

gmwheatMonsanto has decided to resurrect its genetically modified (GM) wheat project, trying to create a strain that is resistant to three different herbicides; glyphosate, glufosinate, and dicamba.

Wheat is one of the few remaining which have not yet reached widespread genetic modification status as GE wheat is not allowed to be planted. Previous efforts by Monsanto failed and there is widespread consumer resistance associated with the possible contamination of the food supply by GM wheat products.

Contamination of farm in Oregon in 2013 by a wheat Roundup-Ready resistant strain caused a public outcry. The contamination was traced back to field trials conducted in 2011. In Montana a farmer detected GE wheat strains in his wheat field suggesting that contamination of these is not an isolated incident and that possible contamination of GE plants is a threat to and the environment.

Export countries have in recent years created economical havoc refusing U.S. corn imports citing GM contamination concern. The same concern has been expressed with the U.S. wheat market where exports were valued at $18.1 billion in 2012. After the what contamination event in Oregon became known countries including Japan, and the enacted detrimental restrictions on the import of wheat. As a result in the Pacific Northwest launched a lawsuit against Monsanto, which was settled for $ 2,4 million in November of last year.

Environmentalists and consumer groups have predicted that engineering wheat in the manner currently being conducted by Monsanto will add to the environmental burden and stress and cause further insect resistance and plant resistance to evolve. In addition it is anticipated that pesticide and herbicide usage will increase.


Beyond Pesticide

Be Sociable, Share!

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *