Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Genetically Modified Crops Put U.S. Trade At Risk

From the Wall Street Journal
Japanese authorities have canceled a tender offer to buy wheat from the U.S., after unapproved genetically modified wheat was found in an Oregon field, Reuters reported on Thursday. Other major wheat importers South Korea, China and the Philippines also said they were monitoring the situation, after the find stirred concerns that the modified wheat could have made it to the marketplace, the report said. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said it had conducted a genetic test on the wheat and found that it was an experimental type produced by Monsanto Co. that hadn't been approved for sale.
Also from the Wall Street Journal:
The European Commission asked EU member states on Thursday to check imports of U.S. soft white wheat that may be tainted with a genetically modified strain made by Monsanto Co., according to reports. The announcement follows the disclosure Wednesday that unapproved genetically modified wheat, possibly with the Roundup Ready gene, was found in an Oregon field.Japanese authorities canceled a tender offer to buy wheat as a result. Soft white wheat accounts for about 80% of U.S. wheat imported annually by the EU, according to AFP, with most of it going to Spain.
As if potentially putting people's health at risk was not bad enough.

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