Genetically Modified Foods

GM Wheat
4:15 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

USDA Says GM Wheat In Oregon Appears To Be 'Isolated Incident'

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 4:14 pm

The US Department of Agriculture says stalks of genetically modified wheat found in a field in Oregon look to be an isolated incident. In an announcement Friday the agency says its own tests confirm the suspect wheat carries modified genes designed by agribusiness giant Monsanto.

Northwest farmers appear relieved that the government is calling the discovery of genetically modified wheat “a single isolated incident in a single field on a single farm.”

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Wheat Investigation
5:57 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Inspectors Take Wheat Seed Samples From Wash. Distributors

Federal inspectors have taken seed samples from a distributor in Walla Walla, Wash., as part of their investigation to find out how genetically modified wheat wound up in an Oregon field. That’s according to a news report published by the Capital Press.

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GMO Wheat
5:27 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

How GMO Crops Could Affect Weeds

Jointed goatgrass is a weed that mingles with wheat in fields across the Northwest.
Credit Matt Lavin / Wikimedia Commons

After unauthorized, genetically modified wheat was found in an Oregon field, scientists have been trying to figure out what that means for wheat crops. Beyond farmers’ fields, a few pesky plants could also benefit as more genetically modified crops come into play.

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GMO Wheat
3:31 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Monsanto: Oregon GMO Wheat Isolated, Not Widespread

Mim Tasters Flickr

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 4:34 pm

Agribusiness giant Monsanto says genetically modified wheat found in Oregon could be the result of an accident rather than a widespread planting of the controversial seed. In a call Wednesday morning with reporters, the St. Louis-based company says its provided its specific tests to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for use in the investigation.

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GMO Wheat
4:56 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

USDA Boosts Investigation Of Oregon GMO Wheat

Mim Tasters Flickr

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 3:14 pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has increased the number of investigators and field staff looking into the genetically modified wheat found on an Oregon farm. There are now 15 people on the ground in the Northwest, up from nine last week.

In about a month, Northwest wheat farmers will rev up their tractors for harvest. That means USDA investigators have a limited time to figure out how the genetically modified wheat sprouted up.

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Testing Wheat
3:55 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

How Scientists Test For Genetically Modified Wheat

Scientists use a method called the polymerase chain reaction to identify genetically modified wheat.
Credit Gary Halvorson / Wikimedia Commons

The European Union and Korea have said they will test U.S. shipments of wheat for genetic modification. That’s after last week's report that an unapproved strain of genetically modified wheat developed by Monsanto was found on an Oregon farm.

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GMO Wheat
4:49 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Washington Wheat Growers React To GMO Discovery

Japan has temporarily suspended white winter wheat purchases from the U.S.
Credit Gary Halvorson / Wikimedia Commons

An official with the group that represents Washington state wheat growers does not seem to be too worried about the discovery of genetically modified wheat in a field in Oregon.

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Genetically Modified Wheat
4:36 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Japan Suspends White Winter Wheat Purchases from the Northwest

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investigating how genetically modified wheat turned up in a field in Oregon.
Credit Bluemoose / Wikimedia Commons

Japan has temporarily suspended white winter wheat purchases from the Pacific Northwest. The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture announced the move in response to a report that U.S. regulators found genetically modified wheat on an Oregon farm.

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Genetically Modified Potatoes
5:14 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Idaho Company Seeks To Introduce Genetically Engineered Potato

Simplot Plant Sciences

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 5:11 pm

One of the country's leading suppliers of french fries is asking the federal government to approve genetically modified potatoes. The USDA announced the move Friday by the J.R. Simplot Company of Idaho. It would be the only genetically engineered potato on the market.

Simplot has branded them Innate potatoes. The company figured out how to use existing potato DNA to design a spud that’s less prone to dark spots. It also produces less acrylamide when cooked. Acrylamide is a neurotoxin found in many foods. Studies on animals have indicated it may also cause cancer.

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GMO Labeling
5:02 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

I-522 Backers Say Washington Should Label Genetically Modified Foods

Supporters of a legislative initiative that would require companies to label products containing genetically-modified foods have turned in their signatures to the Secretary of State’s office in Olympia. The grassroots campaign says it has about 100,000 more than required for certification.

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