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Genetically-Engineered Canola Goes Wild Across North Dakota

Genetically-Engineered Canola Goes Wild Across North Dakota

 

Does the statement “Large, persistent populations of genetically engineered canola 1 have been found outside of cultivation in North Dakota” scare you? A new study led by Cynthia Sagers of the University of Arkansas shows that 45% of roadside canola sampled contains genetically modified (GM) or genetically engineered (GE) traits. These plants have established populations that reproduce year after year, sometimes combining multiple man-made genetic traits. The GMO genie is very clearly out of the bottle.

The study should be of particular interest to Percy Schmeiser and other non-GMO canola farmers. Schmeiser engaged in a decade-long legal battle with Monsanto over Roundup Ready Canola found in his fields. A Canadian court even ruled that Schmeiser had violated Monsanto’s patent by allowing GMO canola that had blown into his fields to remain there. One of the factors that was at issue in proceedings was skepticism that the amount of GMO canola found in Schmeiser’s fields could have been unintentional. But Sager’s study now shows it’s just the nature of genetically modified canola; it gets around.

Monsanto v. Schmeiser was finally settled out of court to Schmeiser’s satisfaction, but his optimism that there’s a bright future in non-GMO canola farming in Canada, or the United States where nearly 90% of canola planted is a GMO variety, seems questionable given Sagars’ study.

Anywhere GMO seeds blow across fields and off trucks on their way to processing plants, staying GMO-free is nearly impossible. Back in 2008, Canada’s Organic Agriculture Protection Fund chair Arnold Taylor told Australia’s The Age: “There is no organic canola grown in Canada any more, virtually none, because the seed stock is basically contaminated.” While there may be no turning back for Canada or the United States on canola, there is a movement in Australia and New Zealand, where GMO varieties represent only 8% of the crop, to prevent a similar story.

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Sagars is being quoted widely saying her study “raises questions of whether adequate oversight and monitoring protocols are in place in the U.S. to track the environmental impact of biotech products.” Ya think?

 

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3:26PM PDT on Aug 16, 2013

This is why more of us have to start growing our own foods, as well as rebuilding the land. Remove the middleman - Monsanto here - by not buying their lab seeds. One step at a time.

9:51AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Organic

7:59PM PDT on May 31, 2012

FIGHT MEANS SUE, SUE, AND SUE THE MONSTER UNTIL IT IS NO MORE.

7:56PM PDT on May 31, 2012

STAND UP AND JOIN FORCES AND FIGHT THE MONSTER -- EVERY WAY YOU KNOW.

8:21PM PST on Dec 10, 2011

Wow ... thank you for this information. Something needs to be done.

6:17AM PST on Nov 10, 2011

We the people of the US & Canada need to file a class action lawsuit against Monsanto for destroying our health and wealth.

9:16PM PST on Nov 9, 2011

Monsanto has the money and the power to do as they wish. We have seen that happen repeatedly.

10:30AM PST on Nov 9, 2011

Yet another example of how easily Frankenseed can and does overwhelm the natural system. There is but one solution to this problem, all transgenic canola must be destroyed swiftly and totally. We mustn't let this monster continue to breed. We must also stop buying Canola Oil made from inorganic seed including those labeled as "all natural", and from the US and Canada, since they are contaminated beyond salvation.

11:32PM PST on Nov 8, 2011

DO WHAT IT TAKES TO PREVENT CROSS POLLINATION. IN EUROPE THEY BURNED IT -- WOULD THAT WORK?

8:59AM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

Profits over health - I'm sick of it!!!!!!

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