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Farm Wars

Following on the heals of the GM wheat contamination incident in Oregon, GM contaminated alfalfa has now been found where it wasn’t supposed to be in the state of Washington, only this time it was of the “approved” variety of GMOs.

(Reuters) – Agriculture officials in Washington state are testing samples of alfalfa after a farmer reported his hay was rejected for export because it tested positive for a genetically modified trait that was not supposed to be in his crop.

If it is confirmed that the alfalfa in question was genetically modified, it could have broad ramifications, said Hector Castro, spokesman at the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

“It’s a sensitive issue,” Castro said.

Biotech alfalfa is approved for commercial production in the United States. But many foreign and domestic buyers require that supplies not be genetically modified, and the possible presence of GMO modified alfalfa in export supplies could result in lost sales for U.S. farmers. READ MORE…

Looks like farmers are in for a bumpy ride thanks to Monsanto et. al. Think it’s time for a ban yet?

Barbara H. Peterson