Genetically engineered crops can't be controlled Stop the field testing of genetically engineered crops

Amber Waves of Genetically Engineered Grain?

Stop the field testing of GE crops


A farmer in Oregon just got an unwelcome surprise: he found genetically engineered (GE) wheat growing in his field. The most surprising part: GE wheat was never approved for useó it's only been used in field tests.

That means this unapproved, potentially unsafe crop is no longer contained to its field tests, and is now out in the world. While the USDA is still figuring out the extent of how GE wheat has contaminated our fields, one thing is clear: field tests can't keep GE crops contained. Urge the USDA to end all field testing of GE plants.

There are so many reasons why this GE wheat discovery is bad that it's hard to know where to start, but here are just a few reasons to be concerned:

1. Half of all U.S.-grown wheat is exported, but many of our trade partners won't buy wheat that's genetically engineered. If the contamination turns out to be widespread, it could have a huge impact on U.S. farmers.

2. Organic farmers will be affected too: organic food isn't allowed to contain GE ingredients, so what happens if organic wheat farms are contaminated?

3. GE wheat can be carried by the wind or animals and cross-pollinate with regular wheat, spreading its engineered genes far and wide. Now that it's out in the world, it's unclear how difficult it will be to control GE wheat.

There are still field trials of GE wheat happening in other parts of the country, and we need to put a stop to them. It's not unusual for GE crops like corn or soy to spread beyond the fields where they're planted and contaminate neighboring farms, nor is this the first major case of an unapproved GE crop spreading from field tests without anyone knowing. Let's make sure it's the last case. Call on the USDA to stop allowing field tests of potentially unsafe GE crops.

Protect our food from genetic engineering.

Thanks for taking action,

Jo Miles

Online Organizer Food & Water Watch