Many people in the grain industry are trying to figure out what may have happened, including former Monsanto researcher Curtis Rempel, who was involved with the development of Roundup Ready wheat.
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Cause of GM wheat escape unlikely to be known

Scientists describe incident as ‘bizarre’ as they try to figure out how wheat plants showed up in an Alberta ditch

It appears the public will never know how Monsanto’s Roundup Ready trait ended up in wheat plants discovered in Alberta 17 years after the company shut down field trials of the MON71200 GM trait. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said in the conclusion page of its incident report that it was unable to identify the […] Read more

Wheat exports to China are up, at least partly due to politics.  | File photo

Wheat industry hopes import ban short-lived

Canada has temporarily lost one of its top wheat customers, but government and industry officials believe it will be a short-lived hiatus. Japan has stopped buying Canadian wheat in the wake of the discovery of an unapproved genetically modified variety of wheat in a ditch in Alberta. Japan was Canada’s third largest wheat customer in […] Read more

A Chinese scientist in Kansas has been sentenced to more than 10 years in a federal prison for conspiring to steal samples of a variety of genetically modified rice seeds from a U.S. research facility, the Department of Justice said.
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Chinese scientist gets 10 years for stealing GM rice

(Reuters) — A Chinese scientist in Kansas has been sentenced to more than 10 years in a federal prison for conspiring to steal samples of a variety of genetically modified rice seeds from a U.S. research facility, the Department of Justice said. U.S. district court judge Carlos Murguia in the District of Kansas sentenced Weiqiang […] Read more


Golden Rice gets OK from Canada

Health Canada has approved the sale of a genetically modified crop that isn’t intended for sale in this country, and that has a GMO critic wondering what is going on. On March 16, the federal department gave the regulatory nod to Provitamin A Biofortified Rice Event GR2E, otherwise known as Golden Rice. “It was determined […] Read more

At present, herbicide-resistant crops through genetic modification provide an elegant solution to the seed bank problem and offer the best means we currently have to control weeds in large-scale agriculture.  |  File photo

Herb resistant crops remain best way to control weeds

While engaging in an online debate around genetically modified organisms, I realized that few non-farmers understood the issues farmers have dealing with weeds. Many people are ready to condemn herbicide-resistant crops and the application of herbicides and seem to see this as a frivolous activity by farmers. I suggested they not do any weed control […] Read more


Film takes scientific approach to GMOs

When it comes to genetically modified foods, it’s not easy to change minds. In fact, it might be easier to convince a Saskatchewan Roughriders fan to cheer for the Toronto Argonauts. Nonetheless, proponents of GM food are hopeful that a movie will succeed where science and evidence have failed. The movie is called Food Evolution […] Read more

Folta, a vocal defender of pesticides and genetically modified technology, filed the lawsuit in early September at a U.S. District Court in Florida. | File photo

U.S. scientist sues New York Times over Monsanto allegations

Kevin Folta, a University of Florida horticultural scientist, is suing the New York Times for libel. Folta, a vocal defender of pesticides and genetically modified technology, filed the lawsuit in early September at a U.S. District Court in Florida. The libel case stems from a front page New York Times story, published Sept. 6, 2015. […] Read more

Gillam, who was an agricultural reporter for Reuters in Kansas City from 1998 to 2015, says she is just doing her job as an independent, investigative journalist: gathering data, talking to smart people and trying to share the best possible information about pesticides and public safety. | Supplied photo

Who is Carey Gillam?

To people who are skeptical about pesticides and leery of global agri-companies, Carey Gillam is a truth-telling hero. To Monsanto and supporters of modern agriculture, Gillam is a campaigner, a spreader of misinformation and an irrational activist. Gillam, who was an agricultural reporter for Reuters in Kansas City from 1998 to 2015, sees it differently. […] Read more


A Chinese biotech seed firm has planted genetically modified corn seeds in the United States at a greenhouse designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the company said, an early step toward launching China's first GMO corn products in the United States. | File photo

Chinese firm begins testing GMO corn seeds in U.S. greenhouse

CHICAGO, Dec 15 (Reuters) – A Chinese biotech seed firm has planted genetically modified corn seeds in the United States at a greenhouse designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the company said, an early step toward launching China’s first GMO corn products in the United States. Beijing-based Origin Agritech Ltd said on Wednesday that […] Read more

U of S researcher Stuart Smyth says the research for this article was neither extensive nor balanced. It lacks discussion of immense literature on the benefits of GM crops in the United States and Canada. | Screencap via http://nyti.ms/2dY6XNb

New York Times ignored GM crop benefits

The New York Times claimed Oct. 29 that it had conducted an “extensive examination” of genetically modified crops and found their benefits to be lacking. The use of the word “‘extensive” by the media is a bit of an oxymoron. It is certainly the case in this situation because the Times would appear to have […] Read more