UNAPPROVED GMO WHEAT DIS­COV­ERED IN AL­BERTA

National Post (Latest Edition) - - FINANCIAL POST - Mon­santo Co.

Wheat con­tain­ing a ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied trait de­vel­oped by to tol­er­ate the Roundup weed-killer was dis­cov­ered last sum­mer in Al­berta, the Cana­dian Food In­spec­tion Agency (CFIA) said on Thursday. The wheat, dis­cov­ered af­ter it sur­vived her­bi­cide spray­ing, has not been ap­proved for com­mer­cial use, said David Bai­ley, di­rec­tor of CFIA’s plant pro­duc­tion di­vi­sion. Canada is one of the world’s largest wheat ex­porters. While other crops such as corn and soy­beans have been widely ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied to im­prove yield or with­stand threats, GMO wheat has not been ap­proved any­where for com­mer­cial pro­duc­tion be­cause of con­cerns by con­sumers. Cana­dian gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials have not iden­ti­fied the va­ri­ety of wheat and said it is not present in the coun­try’s grain or seed sup­ply.

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