Japan Halts U.S. White Wheat Purchases Until GMO Test is Created

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By Heather Callaghan

New purchases of Western white wheat have been halted in Japan until some type of validated test can ensure that no GMOs are present in U.S. wheat exports.

This news unsurprisingly follows U.S. reports of a third incidence of GMO wheat contamination in the Pacific Northwest. Contrary to popular belief, wheat containing GMOs are not approved for the U.S. commercial market.

Steve Mercer, vice president of communications for U.S. Wheat says that Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will resume purchases once a test designed by Monsanto and validated by USDA is available. Designed by Monsanto. Validated by the USDA. Given the U.S.’s history of rolling out the red carpet for untested and unapproved GMOs, is this is a prudent move for Japan?

White wheat is a crossbreed from other varieties that has a milder taste and color, making it ideal for giving a refined feel while keeping the “whole grain” so to speak. It is popular in Australia and Asia. With declining wheat sales in the U.S., this Pacific Northwest breed is important to farmers who have a market in Asia. This incident is another example of how the carelessness of Monsanto is devastating not only to human health and the environment, but also to farmers and the U.S. economy.

The most horror-inducing part of the incident is that this wheat – discovered in a fallow field (empty field) – was involved in a field trial that took place over a decade ago.

What wheat is this?

Capital Press reports:

The wheat was developed by the Monsanto Co. and called MON 71700. It was evaluated in a limited number of field trials in the Pacific Northwest from 1998 to 2001 but never commercialized, according to Monsanto.

MON 71700 contains the same inserted DNA as MON 71800, which was found in an Eastern Oregon field in the spring of 2013. An APHIS investigation was unable to pinpoint the source of that wheat. The DNA is in a different genomic position, according to Monsanto.

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Japan has been testing its wheat for MON 71800.

The new test will be capable of detecting both MON 71800 and MON 71700, Mercer said.

The Asian Market on GMOs

You may recall that Taiwan has banned GMOs in school cafeterias and recalled Quaker Oats products due to glyphosate contamination (while the U.S. did nothing). No official word yet from Taiwan about halted sales – or South Korea, which halted sales after the first incident of GMO contamination was discovered in 2013. Since then, Asian countries have tested just about every batch of U.S. wheat for the 2013 strain.

U.S. farmers are worried, too, and wonder how this could happen. One by the name of Jirava didn’t think anything underhanded was afoot but aptly noted that, “as long there’s geese, deer and mice, stuff’s going to move around that we don’t know about until it shows up.” In other words, it’s hard to keep nature contained and perhaps it doesn’t make the best controlled environment for testing something that can have a ripple effect on the entire world’s ecology.

APHIS says it is testing the farmer’s harvested wheat “out of an abundance of caution,” and adds that there’s no evidence of the genetically engineered wheat in the market. The FDA unsurprisingly took a lax attitude toward the GM wheat, saying that it’s “unlikely the [it] presents any safety concerns if present in the food supply.”

READ: President Obama Just Signed The DARK Act Into Law

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  • farmerdave

    This from the country that poisoned the world with radiation, and is swimming in it. Don’t get me wrong, I hate GMO’s, but this smacks of a government in denial about their own crap. I don’t think eating our poison will kill them half as fast as their own poison.

  • Johnny Canuck

    Hah-hah! The test will pass and they will bury the truth, because Monsatan is too big too fail and American Agencies are just Rubber-Stampers that will sign on anything presented by any huge Corporation. A huge f**king joke, but hopefully Japan is not so naive or corrupt.

    If this passes, I will not be buying any food products from Japan and especially the USA, if possible.

    I am awaiting Food products from Russia that will be 100% GMO-free. I will support Russia as much as I can for their total banishment of GMO’s.

  • The US and UK poisoned the world with radiation through Japan by dropping two big atomic bombs on them. They don’t deserve any of it.

  • farmerdave

    The US and all atomic bomb countries have been poisoning the world for decades by testing above and below ground and in the sea. The two they dropped on Japan was just a tip of the iceberg. Still no reason for every country to build reactors for power, especially on a coast line.

  • LiveALot

    Email your senators and congress persons you want GMO foods labelled with skull and crossbones because they do cause cancer. Found in France and Russia. Ted Cruz in Texas is supported by Monsanto(GMO food producer) and so is Obama. Food is medicine. Keep our food supply pure. Hurt GMO producers in their wallets.
    South Korea and Japan are not accepting US wheat shipments unless they test negative for GMO. Look the rest of the world doesn’t want cancer and is rejecting oUS GMO food shipments and we should too.

  • billdeserthills

    I’m sorry, but didn’t Japan just poison the ocean and much of the world with their Fukushima adventure?? Now they are concerned about contracting cancer from eating Our wheat? Don’t you guys know that you are already dead?

  • billdeserthills

    Sure, and be sure to let obama know you want him to unsign the DARK act–I think you would have a better chance at getting him to pardon you

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