Monsanto says rogue GM wheat points to sabotage

21.06.2013

Financial Times

Published on 21 June 2013

Monsanto has said that rigorous testing of US wheat supplies reinforces its belief that the appearance of unauthorised genetically modified wheat on an Oregon farmlast month was the result of sabotage.

Robert Fraley, chief technology officer of the St Louis-based seedmaker, told reporters on a conference call yesterday that while further investigation was necessary, the rogue wheat strains could not have appeared through standard farming techniques.

“The more data that we generate, the more clarity we’re getting on this and the more suspicious it looks,” Mr Fraley said. He noted that the weed killer-resistant wheat was found in an isolated spot in a farmer’s field rather than evenly distributed, suggesting it was not planted using a combine.

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