Frankencrops Coming to a Roadside Near You

Well, it’s finally happened. Monsanto’s genetically modified (GMO) Frankencrops have busted out of their fields and are on their way to a roadside near you.

According to a new survey, presented at a recent meeting of the Ecological Society of America, GMO crops have officially found their way into the wild in the good old US of A.

And guess what the next destinations on their whistle-stop tour are? Well, non-GMO fields and our own backyard gardens, of course. These altered crops seem destined for our regular food supply, and, sadly, there really isn’t much we can do about it

The researchers found that over 85% of the roadside canola plants they tested were, in fact, the offspring of plants that had been given genes to make them resistant to one of two herbicides. The invading plants—which Monsanto with no hint of irony insists on calling “volunteer crops”—were found along thousands of miles of state roads that stretch way beyond the South Dakota farms where they were originally being grown.

Because…well…plants aren’t exactly known for respecting fences or borders, are they?

To make matters worse, researchers report that these crops not only happily made the jump from their pampered Monsanto fields to unfriendly roadsides and parking lots but also managed to mutate along the way! Two different herbicide-resistant plants mated, producing a new never-before-seen third crop of GMO plants that are resistant to both of the major weed killers.

While it was probably inevitable that GMO crops would eventually escape into the wild …honestly, once we went skipping down that GMO path there really was no turning back…this news does shine the harsh light of reality on the fact that we have now completely lost control. The concept of maintaining some type of reliable separation between GMO and non-GMO crops has flown right out the window.

Once, pushing for clear labeling of GMO foods in grocery stores made sense as a strategy to help us make informed choices when shopping for our families. But how long will it be before these crops have invaded all of the fields and the labels mean nothing?

And the ability for farmers to keep GMO crops out of their fields, and therefore safely own the rights to their seeds, has gone from endangered, to virtually destroyed.

Talk about feeling helpless!

So what can we do?

For now, try buying from local farms. You have a much better change of avoiding GMO foods…at least in the short term… if you’re buying from a small producer at your local farmers’ market or roadside stand.

When you buy produce at the grocery store, be sure to check the sticker.  If the number on the label starts with the number 9 put it in your basket, it’s organic. And check out the Non-GMO Shopping Guide for more tips.

Finally, we can demand that strict laws on labeling and traceability—like those that have existed in the European Union (EU) for years—be passed to help protect us (although the United States and the World Trade Organization are currently pressuring the EU to relax its stance and begin importing GMO foods again.) And join organizations like the Organic Consumers Association and support it’s Millions Against Monsanto campaign to bring an end to the biotech bullying.

According to biotech-industry whistle-blowers, one genetic modification always results in more than just the desired change. And the fact remains that we still don’t have any idea what long-term effect these tinkered-with crops will have on our bodies and the environment.

I, for one, have no desire to find out.

And I’m fed up with playing the guinea pig.

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Alice Wessendorf

An enthusiastic believer in the power of natural healing, Alice has spent virtually her entire 17-year career in the natural-health publishing field helping to spread the word.

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  1. vikingstork says

    what is ANY canola plant doing at the road side??? GM or not???
    it’s not a wild plant, even it’s name is from Canadian Oil Low Acid. It doesn’t exist in wilderness. It was cross sultivated from poison rapeseed, to remove erucic acid from it. So monsanto can destroy all canola they want, it can do no more harm than canola oil is doing to gullible public.

  2. Derek H. Blair says

    Without dynamiting the appropriate Monsanto plant, what could compel the illustrious FDC to forbid any further manufacturing of the damnable GM seeds?

    Ah, yes: Dynamite the FDC!! They would NOT be missed.

    Dynamite can be a formidable verb.

  3. Alice WessendorfAlice Wessendorf says

    Hi Vikingstork,

    Excellent points!

    According to Monsanto…and I am quoting here from their website…”Those familiar with canola know these plants are readily available on roadsides and in areas near farmers fields….a common source is seed that has scattered during harvest and fallen off a truck during transport.”

    What is really worrisome however is that as more GMO foods make it into our food supply these “volunteer crops” certainly will not stop with canola.

  4. says

    If they fell off a MONSANTO truck, and are now “volunteer crops”, it is STILL Monsanto’s responsibility. They created these plants so they could patent and make a profit off of nature!!! You can’t generally DO THAT, they say. That is why drug companies can’t patent an herb as medicine. But they make plenty of TAXOL from Yew trees, and sell that!!!!
    Yet if you can “frankenstein” a plant into your own product, and can patent to control that product, and contract with farmers to grow that product, Well that is all just GOOD business!!!!
    What a crock!
    Monsanto sues a farmer IF a nonMonsanto crop blows in from another field! So, you SUE Monsanto for their Franken crop blowing on to the roadside. It is like an OIL SPILL!!!!!! Make them responsible for clean up and FINE THE HELL OUT OF THEM!
    Class Action!!!!!!


  5. ZedeZ says

    it’s so easy to avoid this canola crap…just AVOID it! DO NOT BUY anything that has canola in it.
    CHECK LABELS on every product. Even chocolate. Chocolate can say “organic”, but when reading the label, turns out not every ingredient is organic. Especially “soy lecithin”. And soy is also GM.
    There are plenty of alternatives.
    We don’t need CANOLA at all.
    COCONUT oil, SESAME oil…are the best oils.
    Olive oil too, but not the cheap one italian, because it’s not a pure olive oil but a blend of cheap oils, and the price is in the range $6-$12.
    The real extra virgin olive oil is around $18 and up. California made is good, from Greece and Israel also good.

  6. Anonymous says

    The simplest way to get rid of Monsanto is to send a battalion of Marines to the place, arrest or shoot the bastards en masse!

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