By Catherine Haug, Dec 10, 2016 (image, right, from Organic Consumers Association, used with permission)
The Montana Organic Association’s ‘Organic Matters‘ newsletter, Fall 2016 (1) included an article by Green America titled “Stop GE Wheat.” Its intent is to encourage people to sign a petition to prevent the introduction of genetically engineered (GE) wheat.
This campaign is critical to all of Montana’s wheat farmers who grow wheat for flour sold in the US, but also imported around the world. The types of GE wheat currently being developed/tested are herbicide-tolerant varieties, such as Roundup-ready. Note: wheat is in so many processed foods, not just breads and cookies. See Kids with Food Allergies (2) for list of what to look for on labels.
If this campaign is important to you, consider signing the petition at stopGEwheat.org.
NOTE: GE and GMO both refer to artificial modification of genes, producing varieties that could not otherwise be produced by breeding.
Read on for my transcription of the article. (more…)