Monsanto supports validated test method for wheat
“We are interested in getting to the bottom of this reported detection in a single field in Oregon,” Miller said. “We’re prepared to provide any technical help that we can as this unusual and currently unexplained report raises important questions about the circumstance and source of the presence.”
Last week, the company noted that it is in the process of investigating the matter and is prepared to take actions, once the investigation results are known, to support the wheat industry. Key findings of the assessments include:
- Monsanto’s process for closing out the original Roundup Ready wheat program was rigorous, well-documented and audited,
- Monsanto did not have any prior test site at the location where the material under investigation was reported to have been present,
- Monsanto believes this is an isolated incident. Wheat farmers commonly control volunteer plants with glyphosate to prepare fields for the next crop. Monsanto said the situation has not arisen in other farmers fields throughout the 9 years since the program was discontinued,
- Monsanto confirmed that does not believe that seed left in the soil or wheat pollen flow serve as a reasonable explanation behind this reported detection at this time.
- Monsanto has not been provided with a sample of the plant material reportedly obtained from the field and is not yet able to confirm the results announced last week by the USDA.
Monsanto reiterated that there is considerable reason to believe that the presence of the Roundup Ready trait in wheat, if confirmed, is very limited.
The website, www.monsanto.com/gmwheat, has been established for those interested in learning about ongoing developments related to the reported detection. The site also includes information resources the company’s investments in wheat and wheat technology.