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GM Canola Plants Found Growing Freely In Along North Dakota Highways

August 6, 2010: 09:33 AM EST
An American research team has discovered genetically modified (GM) and herbicide-resistant canola growing in North Dakota along roads and near gas stations and grocery stores often far from agricultural production areas. Transgenic canola has been found growing wild in other countries, including Canada, the U.K., and Japan, but usually near fields where commercial transgenic canola was being grown. The researchers said they found two kinds of transgenic canola: one that resists Monsanto's Roundup herbicide and one that resists Bayer Crop Science's Liberty herbicide. But some plants they found resisted both herbicides, indicating that the different GM plants had produced a plant with a new trait that did not exist anywhere else. The scientists said the discovery indicates that America’s GM crops are not being controlled or monitored properly.
Natasha Gilbert, "GM crop escapes into the American wild", Nature, August 06, 2010, © Nature Publishing Group
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