GMO Canola Growing Wild in Switzerland

By Mat McDermott, TreeHugger

A small, further, example of how genetically modified crops aren’t quite as easy to control as their manufacturers would like: Greenpeace reports that even though Switzerland has had a ban on cultivation of GM crops in place for the past seven years, and prohibits importation of the same for either human or animal consumption, nevertheless genetically engineered oilseed rape (canola) has been found growing in a port area of Basel.

In total 136 canola plants were found, with 29 of them revealed by testing to be Monsanto’s GT73 (RT73), a crop designed to be resistant to Monsanto’s Round Up herbicide.

It’s suspected that the GM canola established itself after seed fell to the ground while being transported on a barge or freight train.

Greenpeace sums up the threat:

“GE canola is mainly cultivated commercially in Canada and in the US, where it has contaminated non-GE canola. In fact, herbicide tolerant GE crops are generally causing havoc for farmers that face new problems with superweeds. [...] GE canola contamination is already spreading in the European Union, even though it has not been approved for commercial cultivation in the EU. If released into the environment, the germination of canola seeds cannot be contained. A Swedish study has also shown that GE canola seeds could survive and be viable for germination even 10 years after their release into the wild.”

Despite industry propaganda to the contrary (supported sadly by organizations such as the Gates Foundation), there is nothing that genetic modification has done to increase yields or promote drought tolerance or increase food security, that cannot be done more cheaply, with less environmental risk, by conventional crop breeding (though cannot be patented or profited from in the same way). Neither people at large, nor farmers ultimately benefit from GM crops, but the corporations making them sure do. It all comes back to money and control.


First GM Plants Found in the Wild
Monsanto GMO Corn Forced on Nepal
Support GMO Labeling Campaigns

Love This? Never Miss Another Story.


Rose Becke2 years ago

which country next ?

Nils Lunde

Thank you for spreading the word..........

Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Angel Campbell
Angel Campbell3 years ago

This is horrible.. it also grows wild in Mexico too. Boycott monsanto and buy organic.

Lucille Mullen
Lucille Mullen3 years ago

In my dreams I see the headline: Monsanto Out of Business - Fields and Storehouses Burned! Roundup Banned!

Oh well, it's a nice dream.

Dianne Prang
Dianne Prang3 years ago

My wish is that Switzerland will sue Monsanto.... of course Monsanto will do anything to place blame elsewhere...but European countries will not buy it and that is the world's saving grace at this time. I remember reading about a farmer who inadvertantly used GMO seeds for some crop....definitely not what he ordered and was not labeled. Monsanto did try to lay blame but this country made the farmer trash his crop and he had to wait for a few years to grow crops.
Now this news.... damn Monsanto. The arrogance of this moneyed corporation is beyond comprehension.

adam a.
adam a.3 years ago

I wonder if Monsanto will sue Switzerland on patent infringement...

Jerry t.
Jerold t.3 years ago

Time to weed Monsanto's garden with a little legal roundup!
I believe they GMO'd themselves to be resistant to humanity.
Root our all of they're ex-employees from our government.
Sue them for using the world as they're personal experimental laboratory.
Lying under oath several times is called perjury.
This kind of power mongering is exactly why we need to tax corporations. Keeps a lid on them.
The purpose of a corporation is to create a payroll for the working people. Not to create little Napoleons.

Ernie Miller
william Miller3 years ago

When is man going to realize they are not smarter than mother nature? Man is only threatening the survival of their children and grand children for a few dollers proffit. Why do you hate your children so much?

Magdalen B.
Magdalen B.3 years ago

"revealed by testing to be Monsanto’s GT73 (RT73), a crop designed to be resistant to Monsanto’s Round Up herbicide."

Watch out Switzerland, they'll be suing you for theft next!