Monsanto suggests sabotage in modified wheat case

June 22, 2013 by Mary Clare Jalonick

Monsanto Co. is floating the theory that some of the company's detractors may have intentionally planted genetically modified wheat discovered in an Oregon field last month.

The St. Louis-based company said in a call with reporters Friday that sabotage is the most likely scenario partly because the modified wheat was not distributed evenly throughout the field and found in patches. Robb Fraley, Monsanto's executive vice president and , said that is the "pattern you would expect" if someone had dispersed the seeds.

The Agriculture Department is investigating the discovery of the wheat, which is not approved for farming in the United States. The department has declined to speculate on what caused the wheat to sprout in Oregon but has said it appears to be an isolated incident.

Fraley said suggested that the culprits could be activists who have campaigned against genetically modified foods, which are engineered to include certain traits.

"It's fair to say there are folks who don't like biotechnology and would use this to create problems," he said.

officials have said the wheat is the same strain as a genetically modified wheat that was designed to be herbicide-resistant and was legally tested by seed giant Monsanto a decade ago but never approved.

Japan, Korea and Taiwan have suspended imports of western from the as the USDA investigates.

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2.3 / 5 (9) Jun 22, 2013
Haaaa Monsanto - the worlds most crooked food corporation....

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2.6 / 5 (5) Jun 22, 2013
The only sabotage done here was by Monsanto. The evilest company in the world. HAHA!
2.3 / 5 (6) Jun 22, 2013
said that is the "pattern you would expect" if someone had dispersed the seeds
This is funny company. The Monsanto products were already found the spread with horizontal gene transfer into wild many times (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Why just this case should be an exception? We cannot keep artificially implanted volatile genes at place in our dynamic biosphere, especially at the case of wheat, which gets pollinated with wind at large distances.
5 / 5 (2) Jun 22, 2013
The same company that 20 years ago tried to force African farmers to buy only terminator crops so they couldn't replant part of their seed harvest the following year.

I remember an industry insider arguing in private that in intellectual property terms, replanting seeds was the same as copying software. Monsanto has zero ethical credibility.

In evolutionary terms, it is clear that humanity increasingly has the ability to shape nature (see meta-evolution).

For example if GM wheat has the ability to resist stronger pesticides that kill its natural equivalent, it is statistically inevitable that the original wheat will die off.

If that's not bad enough, you must realize there are hundreds more natural wheat species than GM. So the net effect is a drastic reduction in bio-diversity. Once all that remains is the few Monsanto strains, we've all lost big time.
1 / 5 (1) Jun 23, 2013
Sadly the world population exceeding the ability of regional natural habitats to sustain the people living in them is killing off the environment far faster than some extra spore genes spliced into crops is going to.

And what is really crazy is no one is paying attention to the dozens of countries making GM plants far more "modified". Even international organizations are making them for free and they are fully fertile and seed bearing so that the plants can spread on their own.

That way we will be able to sustain even MORE people on the planet! What could possibly go wrong?!

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