By Nancy Smorch
I recently read about some genetically modified wheat that had been found sprouted in a field in Oregon.
The farmer who owned the field attempted to destroy the invasive wheat. He sprayed it with a glyphosate (the chemical found in Monsanto's RoundUp - discussed in another post) herbicide.
Some of the wheat survived.
No one knows how the wheat showed up in this field.
Apparently, between 1998 and 2005, Monsanto tested varieties of genetically modified (GMO) wheat in 16 states. According to the article on CNBC, Monsanto had developed four strains of glyphosate-resistant wheat entered for approval in the 1990s, but Monsanto decided it didn’t have a market for them.
I’ll leave it up to you to marvel at the potential ramifications and the long-term effects that may come from this news. Not only is there danger of something like this happening again, but this brings another round of valid criticism to the use of GMO crops in general.
You can read the full article and watch a short video expanding on the findings here.