Monsanto  Drops Plans For GM Wheat

Grassroots Opposition Forces Monsanto to Drop Genetically Modified Wheat

Press Statement by WORC

Gail Wiley, a farmer from Montpelier, N.D., issued the following statement for the Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) in response to Monsanto’s decision to end research and development on genetically modified (GM) wheat.

The announcement follows five years of opposition by wheat farmers, consumers, and food safety activists to the commercial introduction of Roundup Ready wheat.

Statement by Gail Wiley

“Introduction of genetically modified wheat would have been a commercial disaster. Monsanto’s announcement is a victory for farmers in the United States and Canada and our consumers overseas.

After five years of effort, we have finally convinced Monsanto to face the reality that our markets do not want Roundup Ready wheat.

As part of this effort, we joined with the Center for Food Safety and other groups to file a legal petition in March 2003 with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to stop approval of GM wheat.

Then, WORC released a study finding that commercial introduction of GM wheat would devastate the U.S. wheat market for the foreseeable future.

Now, we’re calling on Monsanto to withdraw its application to USDA to give our overseas customers 100% assurance that U.S. wheat will remain the high-quality, GM – free wheat they want.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, May 10, 2004 CONTACT: Gail Wiley, 701-489-3498, WORC spokesperson; John Smillie or Kevin Dowling, WORC staff, 406-252-9672

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