Monday, September 2, 2013

AP: Oregon GMO Wheat Mystery Remains as New Planting Season Approaches

Posted By on Mon, Sep 2, 2013 at 9:34 AM

In Eastern Oregon, the controversy over a patch of genetically modified wheat has simmered down, and while some Asian buyers stopped placing orders for a few months, markets are back to normal and farmers are preparing to plant a new crop of wheat in the next few weeks. But the mystery over the GMO wheat and its origin remains.

The Associated Press reports that speculation on just how the GMO crop got to to Eastern Oregon "ranges from saboteurs to a passing flock of geese," but the U.S. Department of Agriculture said its investigation is ongoing.

Earlier this year, an unidentified farmer sent a sample from his crop to Oregon State University, where the wheat was determined to be genetically modified and the USDA confirmed the finding.

Darren Padget, a member of the Oregon Wheat Commission that he's glad the farmer notified authorities, rather than plowing the GMO wheat into the ground and keeping his mouth shut.

"Everybody's a little more vigilant now than they were before," Padget told the AP.

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