It’s been nearly a year since illegal, unexpected GM wheat was found growing at a Montana State University test lab field, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service told The Gazette they still have no idea how the genetically modified grain turned up at the Southern Agricultural Research Center.
Funny how no one from the USDA mentions that the Roundup Ready GM wheat was not yet approved for planting, but that field trials in numerous places have given rise to non-GM crop contamination. Maize, rape seed, soy, corn, barley, and other crops require wind and bees to pollinate them.
This is problematic for wheat growers, too, since many foreign countries won’t purchase GM varieties of wheat. A rogue GM variety growing in Oregon a while back caused a total ban of US imports.
The Huntley facility at Montana State is known as the SARC, was one of two sister sites for USDA-approved testing of Roundup Ready wheat from 2000 through 2003. The other site was west of Bozeman, Montana.
MSU representatives say that the experimental GM crops were monitored for years after their original planting to make sure than none escaped to sprout in non-GM fields nearby.
Around 100 illegal GM wheat plants were noticeable because they seemed unaffected by Roundup herbicide.
This is just another example of how ‘in control’ biotech is of its GM progeny. Are there test crops being planted near you?