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June 19, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Genetically modified wheat scare

A dire harbinger of things to come

Soft white wheat from Washington farmers is exported to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Mexico.  It is not genetically modified (GM) and many farmers, including the Maier family, are concerned about where the seeds for the recent discovery of a small amount of GM wheat in Oregon came from. [Alan Berner, The Seattle Times.]

Soft white wheat from Washington farmers is exported to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Mexico. It is not genetically modified (GM) and many farmers are concerned about where the seeds for the recent discovery of a small amount of GM wheat in Oregon came from. [Alan Berner, The Seattle Times.]

I disagree with Glen Squires’ position that the discovery of unauthorized genetically modified (GM) wheat in Oregon is merely an isolated “glitch.” [“Guest column: Industry will survive wheat ‘crisis,’” Opinion, June 13.]Rather, this is a dire harbinger of things to come — GM wheat crops soaked in the herbicide Roundup, generically known as glyphosate, continued refusal by foreign markets to accept Washington wheat (based on their legitimate concerns regarding the safety of GM crops), and the proliferation of “super” weeds resistant to Roundup, requiring the spraying of even more pesticides.

These dangers underscore the importance of a “yes” vote on Initiative 522 to label GM crops and foods. We need to send a clear message to the wheat industry that GM wheat will not be tolerated.

Inez Peterson, Renton

Comments | More in Environment | Topics: farm, farmer, farming


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