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US Wheat Industry Reiterates Support for GMO Wheat

[Editors Note: Here's a quote:

"...food industry and export players have made it clear that they will need to have clear marketing channels that allow for a choice between non-genetically modified wheat and biotech varieties."

The word "choice" is especially interesting here. Choice is the whole crux of the problem with GMOs. Lack of choice. Consumers don't have the choice to avoid GMO's in conventional products because our food supply has been adulterated with out our permission, and labels aren't required. The only way to avoid GMOs is to eat organic.

Farmers don't have the choice to avoid GMO crops either. Time has proven over and over that it is nearly impossible to contain the modified varieties. Plants reproduce all the time without our permission. It's very difficult to avoid GMO contamination.

The "choice" these industry folks speak of is illusion. Marketing designed to make everyone believe that GM Wheat is a harmless crop with no long term consequences.

Visit OCA's Genetically Modified Wheat Resource Center for more information.]


KANSAS CITY, Oct 14 (Reuters) - A coalition of U.S. wheat industry leaders said on Wednesday that they were pushing ahead to gain acceptance for genetically modified wheat, despite continued concerns and at least a decade of research and development work ahead.

"This is going to be a win-win for everybody," said Daren Coppock, chief executive of the National Association of Wheat Growers.

Coppock was one of a group of wheat industry participants meeting Wednesday in Kansas City to discuss key issues impacting the industry and how to press for acceptance of a genetically modified wheat.

Among the other attendees were representatives from the North American Millers' Association, the National Wheat Improvement Committee and the Grain Growers of Canada.

Officials from the organizations said in a conference call following the meeting that no active research for a specific type of biotech wheat was underway at this point and the industry still needed to gaining widespread market acceptance at home and abroad.

Coppock said food industry and export players have made it clear that they will need to have clear marketing channels that allow for a choice between non-genetically modified wheat and biotech varieties.

"The fundamental principle is the concept of choice," Coppock said.

Supporters must also work to make genetically modified wheat acceptable through trading channels such as the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, where spring wheat futures are traded and genetically modified wheat is prohibited.


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