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America's wheat exports in crisis: Discovery of contaminated wheat from Monsanto trials only the beginning

Monday, June 17, 2013 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
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(NaturalNews) The recent surprise discovery of illegal Monsanto "Frankenwheat" growing in farm fields in eastern Oregon is just the tip of the iceberg as far as contamination is concerned, says a prominent research scientist. According to Dr. Doug Gurian-Sherman from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), illegal genetically-modified (GM) wheat has more than likely already spread to many other parts of the U.S. besides Oregon, which means that it may have also contaminated the greater food supply as well.

Because of its ability to self-pollinate, wheat is considered a volatile crop with a strong tendency towards spreading its genes indiscriminately. With this in mind, it is clear that Monsanto's open air field trials of GM wheat that took place back in the late 1990s and early 2000s spurred cross-contamination with nearby conventional wheat crops, which in turn unleashed Monsanto's patented Frankenwheat genes into the wild where they are now turning up at random.

What does this mean for America's wheat industry? If the now-discovered consequences of unintended gene flow from nearly 15 years ago are any indicator, it means that the integrity of wheat crops all across the country is now in question. GM wheat has apparently continued spreading its transgenic trains long after the last open air field trials were terminated, which means there is no telling the full extent of damage since caused by this irresponsible act of corporate greed.

By the way, it is important to also note that wheat is capable of pollinating other plant species, including weeds, which could eventually develop unnatural Roundup resistance. The unleashing of this genetic poison via open air field trials, in other words, was an irreversible act that has since resulted in irreparable harm, the extent of which we are only just now beginning to fully grasp as ongoing investigations uncover the truth.

"Somebody has been breeding this wheat, inadvertently for a number of years, whether a seed company or this farmer," Dr. Gurian-Sherman is quoted as saying by Bloomberg.com. "[I] wouldn't be at all surprised if there are a number of experimental genes that have contaminated and are happily being passed along at low levels in the food supplies of various crops already, but nobody's testing. It's really a 'don't look, don't tell' situation. We just really don't know."

Monsanto's genetic terrorism has damaged the entire US wheat market

Meanwhile, Japan has tentatively cancelled all wheat imports from the U.S. due to contamination concerns, while China, South Korea, the Philippines and the entire European Union (EU) are monitoring the situation closely to see how it develops. American wheat farmers, on the other hand, are starting to feel the pinch as a result of the debacle, and many are already gearing up to file lawsuits against Monsanto for its gross negligence in the matter.

"The whole idea of (GMO) coexistence, that has been the number one theme ... at USDA," adds Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety (CFS), as quoted by Reuters.com. "But you can't have coexistence when you can't control contamination."

To learn more about the dangers of GM wheat, and the current turmoil in Australia over the proposed first commercial release of this genetic poison, be sure to check out the following two reports:
http://www.greenpeace.org
http://safefoodfoundation.org

Sources for this article include:

http://www.gmwatch.org

http://www.bloomberg.com

http://www.reuters.com

http://qz.com

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