Genetically Modified Wheat Found in Oregon Crop

June 10, 2013

The Washington grain

industry is on high alert with the recent emergence of a genetically modified strain of wheat found in an

Oregon crop last month. On May 29 the Animal

Plant Health Inspection Service (or APHIS) confirmed the contamination of a singular field with Monsanto

Co.’s genetically engineered wheat. Representatives from Monsanto said they believe it to be an isolated

occurrence, but it remains unclear whether the cause was accidental or deliberate.

face="Times New Roman">Genetically modified wheat is not approved for

farming in the U.S., causing many Washington wheat farmers and the Washington Grain Commission to

wonder how this event could have occurred.


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mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">, one of Washington’s biggest markets in the grain industry, has

postponed Oregon shipments of the soft white strain of wheat but is still accepting the hard red spring and hard

red winter classes. Korea has turned away only the soft white

and Taiwan has not taken any actions against

w:st="on">U.S. wheat. Due to its

perceived isolation, domestic markets have not reacted to the contamination. Wheat prices have not been affected

by the incident either.