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Friday, 5 June 2009

Stop Monsanto's Genetically Engineered Wheat

I recently learned that chicken producers in the UK are complaining that sourcing feed with a minimum of GM ingredients, less than .9% as required by supermarkets, is getting harder and harder as Monsanto and their corporate bully ilk are tightening their control on frankenfood corn and soy production (as reported on Farming Today on the BBC ). Meanwhile the corporate profiteers are gearing up to re-invigorate the fight to frankenstein our wheat supply. You can join in the fight to keep this most traditional and basic of food staples a safe edible product by reading this article at Organic Consumers Association and follow the links to send a message of dissapproval.

Here is an excerpt from the newsletter;

"Stop Monsanto's Genetically Engineered Wheat

Monsanto and the biotech bullies are once again moving to tighten their grip on the world's food supply. Genetically engineered (GE) varieties now account for 70-90% of all conventional (non-organic) corn, soybeans, cotton, and canola grown in the U.S. Joining the growing menu of unlabeled and untested gene-spliced Frankenfoods, genetically engineered sugar (derived from GE sugar beets) hit store shelves in 2008. Now it appears that the most controversial crop of them all, Monsanto's GE wheat, is not far behind, at least if industry gets its way. Given that wheat is such a major global crop and essential ingredient in bread, breakfast cereals, pasta and other everyday foods, the force-feeding of unlabeled GE wheat on the public would represent a major conquest for Monsanto and the biotech industry.

Although Monsanto withdrew their applications to the U.S. and Canadian governments for approval of genetically engineered wheat in 2004 because of tremendous pressure from the OCA and hundreds of our allied public interest groups and farmers (as well as pressure from large food companies such as General Mills), it looks like we're in for another round of battle.

Wheat industry groups in the United States, Canada and Australia announced on May 14, 2009, they would work toward the objective of "synchronized commercialization of biotech traits in the wheat crop." For the sake of the Earth and public health, we must stop them."

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