Canadian authorities have admitted that a patch of an unapproved, genetically modified strain of wheat has been found in the wild, well outside of old Monsanto test areas, but hope the unfortunate discovery won’t hamper exports.
The crop, of unknown origin, was first discovered on an access road in Alberta last year, after it survived the spraying of the area with herbicide, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said Thursday. After conducting thorough tests on the samples, the watchdog concluded that the crop was “genetically modified and herbicide-tolerant,” and was never approved for commercial use or production within Canada. The agency then narrowed down the producer of the crop to be Monsanto, the agrochemical and biotechnology giant.
Not based on what I've read, unfortunately. But that was always the issue, tweaked genes escaping into the environment.
I wouldn't get too worked up about it. I certainly don't want to eat any, but honestly, what benefit are those genes to the plant if they aren't sprayed with glyphosate? If the plants don't have an evolutionary advantage because their competition isn't being sprayed down, they stand as much chance as average non-GMO wheat, meaning the GMO stuff can be out-competed, and the genetic adaptations bred out.
It's likely the stuff was only noticed because it encroached into an area where ditch weeds were being suppressed exclusively by spraying.
That's the part that worries me, controlling plant growth along roadways with glyphosate. That's as bad as the forestry industry treating new tree plantings with glyphosate to suppress competing plant and undesireable tree growth.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
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There's no reason for them to make a roundup ready wheat. They harvest wheat by killing it with round up so it dries more predictably without rain interfering with the harvest and molding the crop. If they made a wheat that didn't die from round up, it would be harder to harvest.....most likely it is not a GMO crop and a natural adaption of the wheat plant to resist roundup and completely safe to eat as long as its not sprayed
Eric Hammond wrote:They harvest wheat by killing it with round up so it dries more predictably without rain interfering with the harvest and molding the crop.
That's not entirely true. SOME farmers do this in SOME areas on SOME types of wheat, but it represents a fairly small percentage of the total wheat raised. Approx 5% of all wheat grown in the USA and around 0% for the rest of the world