Unlike the U.S., which has never seen reason to deny approval to a genetically modified food, other nations such as Russia, Japan, and Europe, are more cautious.
USDA Investigating Detection of Genetically Engineered Glyphosate-Resistant Wheat in Oregon explains that test results from an Oregon farm indicates the same genetically modified wheat Monsanto was approved to test in 16 states from 1998 to 2005.
Since the crop is not approved, federal agencies are investigating how this crop could have appeared in the wild. SInce this wheat has been discovered, some trading partners of the U.S. have suspended wheat imports. USA Today tells how a farmer in Kansas has sued Monsanto for loss of income because of the import ban. Monsanto's general counsel described it as "Tractor-chasing lawyers ..."
MSN writes, Monsanto: Genetically altered wheat may be sabotage as a possibility in a recent conference call. It also might have been an accidental mixing of seed during planting or harvesting, the company also suggested.
Glyphosate-resistant means the crop has a genetic change that makes it resistant to Monsanto's Roundup herbicide. Farmers can spray for weeds without worrying that the Roundup will kill the crop. For this freedom, they pay up to a 50 percent premium for genetically modified seed.
Mmm. Remember last month's, Supreme Court Rules for Monsanto in Case Against Farmer? There are parallels to Apple, who just lost a sizeable legal battle to Samsung. I particularly like Paul Barretts' Apple v. Samsung: Three Lessons from the Smartphone Patent Fight. He writes, "By pushing the launch button on his legal ICBMs, Jobs bequeathed a significant risk to his successors. ... Apple might have started a conflict it will come to regret."