USA facing wheat export crisis as Europe and Japan lead the way in rejecting genetically modified crops


America facing wheat export crisis as Europe and Japan lead the way in rejecting genetically modified crops

  • EU will test incoming shipments after GM crops discovered in Oregon
  • Japan cancels tender offer to buy U.S western white wheat
  • No GM wheat varieties are approved for general planting in U.S

By ANNA EDWARDS

Unapproved genetically modified wheat has been discovered growing in the United States.

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The revelation is threatening the outlook for U.S. exports of the world’s biggest traded food commodity, with importers keenly aware of consumer sensitivity to gene-altered food.

The European Union is preparing to test incoming shipments, and will block any containing GM wheat. Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures fell 0.5 percent on Thursday.

Major importer Japan has cancelled a tender offer to buy U.S. western white wheat, while other top Asian wheat importers South Korea, China and the Philippines said they were closely monitoring the situation.
‘We will refrain from buying western white and feed wheat effective today,’ Toru Hisadome, a Japanese farm ministry official in charge of wheat trading said.

GM wheat was discovered this spring on a farm in the west coast state of Oregon, in a field that grew winter wheat in 2012.

USDA officials said yesterday that when a farmer sprayed the so-called ‘volunteer’ plants with a glyphosate herbicide, some of them unexpectedly survived.

Scientists found the wheat was a strain field-tested from 1998 to 2005 and deemed safe before St. Louis-based biotech giant Monsanto withdrew it from the regulatory approval process on worldwide opposition to genetically engineered wheat.

No GM wheat varieties are approved for general planting in the U.S. or elsewhere, the USDA said.

The EU has asked Monsanto for a detection method to allow its controls to be carried out.

With high consumer wariness to genetically-modified food, few countries allow imports of such cereals for direct human consumption. However, the bulk of U.S. corn and soybean crops are genetically modified

Readmore: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2333381/GM-wheat-crops-America-facing-wheat-export-crisis-Europe-Japan-lead-way-rejecting-genetically-modified-crops.html#ixzz2UoOJFXef

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