After two months of investigation, GMO wheat mystery even more mysterious than before

Two months ago, news outlets reported that an Oregon farmer had found Roundup herbicide-resistant wheat growing in his field. He hadn't planted it. In fact, nobody sells it — Monsanto tested such wheat eight years ago, but never sought federal approval for it. So what happened? After two months of investigation, here's what we do know: It doesn't seem like GMO wheat is invading the US. Testing has yet to turn up evidence of this wheat anywhere else in the country. What we don't know: Why a research plant that never went to market would pop up in a single, unrelated field almost a decade later. Experts' best guess is some kind of mix-up, where a small amount of research seed got mislabeled and later sold. Meanwhile, Monsanto is suggesting deliberate sabotage.

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  1. I have a family member in Corvallis, Oregon who does research for the EPA. This research has often involved GMO plants. My guess is that something got out of the research facility unintentionally.

  2. Monsanto is suggesting deliberate sabotage.

    Look who's wearing the tin foil hat.

  3. surely we should take Monsanto at their word - this is obviously not GMO wheat, it must be a natural mutation and the farmer can happily and legally grow it and sell the seed to all and sundry .....

  4. I'm not a big fan of Monsanto, myself, but I'm really confused by this comment.

    It's not Monsanto that's doing the testing. The USDA and outside researchers haven't found any evidence that GMO wheat is growing in other places or that it's contaminating the US wheat supply. The only place it's popped up is this one spot. So it is a mystery. We don't know where this came from or how it ended up in a single field in Oregon.

    Obviously, Monsanto's assertion that the wheat was placed there by saboteurs is kind of ridiculous. But that's why I mentioned it. Because it's kind of ridiculous. And nobody seems to be buying that explanation besides Monsanto, itself.

  5. I just read a whole lot of corporate fact sheets kindly provided to me by the GOP, so my brain is sufficiently melted to solve this mystery.

    See, God (and here I'm talking about the real God, the one in the King James Bible, not your tree worshipping hippy type "god" or the fake Jewish "G-d" or the evil Moslem "Allah" who is actually Satan) loves the American heartland more than anywheres else, because Jesus.  And we all know that genetically modified food is the solution to world hunger and nasty insects that nobody likes anyway (except Satan) because Science!  Therefore, God has blessed this wheatfield, proving that America is better than anywhere else, and the farmer should fall to his knees, praise Jesus and pay a tithe to the great American way as personified by Monsanto, and we should lower taxes for everybody except the poor, who need more skin in the game.  Can anybody give me an amen?

    It's all so simple, people, why don't you get it? Are you all stinking atheist Democrats or something?

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