Japan and South Korea suspended some imports of American wheat, and the European Union urged its 27 nations to increase testing, after the United States government disclosed this week that a strain of genetically engineered wheat that was never approved for sale was found growing in an Oregon field.
Although none of the wheat, developed by Monsanto Company, was found in any grain shipments — and the Department of Agriculture said there would be no health risk if any was shipped — governments in Asia and Europe acted quickly to limit their risk.The European Union, which has a “zero tolerance” approach to genetically modified crops, said through its consumer protection office Friday that if any shipments tested positive, they would not be sold.The United States is the world’s biggest exporter of wheat. While genetically engineered corn and soybeans are routinely grown, they are largely consumed by animals, while wheat is consumed directly by people and has faced more consumer resistance.You can go to the link. I left the unimportant parts out. Read the link for all the info.Japan and Mexico are among the biggest importers of American wheat. The European Union imports more than one million tons each year, mostly to Spain.
Anyway. I don't trust GMOs but I don't mistrust them completely. Technically, we, humanity, have been crossbreeding plants and vegetables and animals to get the desirable traits from them. GMOs are just the XXIth century way of doing that. But we have to wonder... has it gone to far? What are the risks? Who has oversight and reports if abuses are made? So while I don't mistrust the science behind creating genetically modified organisms (here, crops), I mistrust the people who are behind it.
What do you guys think about GMOs and about the fact that several countries have banned wheat imports from the USA for fear of GMO contaminated shipments of crops.