In follow-up to the Non-GMO “March Against Monsanto” held in Yelm, Olympia and 50 other countries on May 24, 2013:
“Japan has suspended certain wheat imports from the United States after a genetically-modified crop was found growing in an Oregon field.
Japan, the second-biggest importer of U.S. wheat behind Mexico, canceled some orders while the U.S. tries to figure how the illegal Monsanto wheat got to the Eastern Oregon farm.
Other top Asian importers, like South Korea, China and the Philippines are closely monitoring the situation. Many countries won’t accept imports of genetically-modified foods.
The European Union announced it’s preparing to test incoming wheat shipments after the discovery.
Roughly 90 percent of Oregon wheat is shipped overseas, generating a half-billion dollars in revenue every year, said Oregon Dept. of Agriculture Director Katy Coba,,” quoting KGW in Portland.