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Monsanto Blames GM Wheat Contamination on Activists

Elizabeth Renter
June 26th, 2013
Updated 05/07/2014 at 8:48 pm
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graincrop 263x164 Monsanto Blames GM Wheat Contamination on ActivistsWhat happens when a ruthless corporation is found to have potentially released harmful products into the food system? Well, if that company is Monsanto and we’re talking about the U.S. food supply, they are usually given the green light. But in the case of unapproved GM wheat recently found in Oregon, they point fingers at sabotaging activists.

Recently, an unapproved strain of genetically modified wheat was discovered in an Oregon field. The Roundup Ready strain was nixed in 2005 when global resistance to Monsanto forced the company to stop working on it. It was never approved for use, let along growing and exporting. As a result of the discovery, Japan ceased all imports of wheat from the region and other countries said they would be subjecting their U.S. wheat imports to rigorous testing.

The USDA is investigating the rogue wheat, because unlike Monsanto’s GM corn and soy which proliferate the U.S. market, the agency didn’t give this crop the okay.

For their part, Monsanto recently alleged the wheat appears to have been intentionally dispersed. They are pointing fingers, suggesting protestors or “detractors” are sabotaging them.

“It’s fair to say there are folks who don’t like biotechnology and would use this to create problems,” said Monsanto’s executive vice president and chief technology officer Robb Fraley. He says the pattern in which the volunteer wheat is growing is a pattern that suggests it was spread intentionally.

He’s right in one regard: the people don’t like Monsanto or their products. But when farmers all over the world are having to deal with the contamination of their fields with seeds from nearby GM fields, it’s quite a reach to suggest someone scattered unapproved GM wheat in some sort of covert attempted take-down of the seed giant.

Fraley says the fact that the wheat was found in patches indicates intentional spreading. However, there are numerous possible reasons for the pattern, including the possibility that it was included in a bag of other seed, sold to the unaware farmer.

If the wheat had been found in rows or patterned precisely alternating with non-GM wheat, Fraley would again find a way to point a finger elsewhere. In other words, the pattern and placement of the seeds likely wouldn’t make that much of a difference to Monsanto. The alternative would be them admitting some sort of reckless negligence in regards to U.S. laws and global health—and the mere existence of their GM crops tells us the health of the people is not a concern of theirs.

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  • Mailnurse

    Yes, they are getting away with it all right! They are spraying our skies now! "If you don't eat the GM wheat and other GMOs, that's okay. We have you covered! You have to breathe, don't you?"
    Hey it has happened over my town. Look up and see! Are jets spraying stuff over your heads.
    Check out:

  • Anonymous

    So Monsanto’s privately investigated results are in, and it’s conveniently a fault of activists in Oregon who is out to smear its already horrendous reputation. The whole darn wonderful state of Oregon is filled with people, from conservatives to far left, who dislike being told what to do by lying thieving thrugs whether government or a corporation, because they are fiercely independent. So just who are they going to arrest and prosecute under the laws that they have paid the Federal government to enact? Anyone they can plant the Orwellian label of a “homegrown terrorist” on in order to squash any resistance to its agendas and all noncompliance to its laws. It’s no coincidence that they have picked Oregon as a staging ground at this particular time.

  • Patti Jo Edwards

    So, people who are against GMOs intentionally spread GMOs? Too bad lying is legal.

  • Daniel Beck

    What dush bag of a man. Problem is……our government officials drink dush bag fluid from their corporate masters.

  • Freedom

    Ah ha ha ha!!! What bunch of supposedly adult babies. I can't stop laughing at them.

  • Fight for your life

    Wow…This company never ceases to amaze with their low life tactics…..but they always seem to get away with it.
    We the people must stop them because obviously the government won't!

    • Pascal

      they are the government ….ever hear of "revolving doors" ?

  • A Man Called Da-da

    Monsanto plays the Conspiracy card. Of course.

    • joannejasny

      Of course. You were not expecting any thing else, were you?

  • Mark

    Activists contaminated the field with GMO seeds deliberately? And where did they get those seeds, morons?