Genetically contaminated canola escapes from North Dakota to Manitoba

Canadian Food Inspection Agency sees nothing wrong with escaped genetics

By Margaret Munro
Vancouver Sun

Genetically modified canola has escaped from the farm and is thriving in the wild across North Dakota, according to a study that indicates there are plenty of novel man-made genes crossing the Canada-U.S. border.

GM canola was found growing everywhere from ditches to parking lots, the scientists report, with some of the highest densities along a trucking route into Canada.

“That’s where the most intense canola production is and it’s also the road that goes to the canola processing plants across the border,” said ecologist Cynthia Sagers of the University of Arkansas, referring to a canola plant in Altona, Man.

Her study stopped at the border, but Canadian research also has found “escaped” GM canola is becoming common on the Canadian prairies, and swapping man-made genes in the wild.

“Biology doesn’t know any borders,” said Rene Van Acker at the University of Guelph, who has done extensive research on the extent and behaviour of escaped GM crops in Manitoba.

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11 responses to “Genetically contaminated canola escapes from North Dakota to Manitoba

  1. cant leave well enough alone.. anything for a buck.. all this does is create more problems and Im sure their answer will only be to utilize more asanine technology, which will create more issues and so on and so on.. makes me ill.

  2. Most people fail to realize Canola is a made-up name used for marketing. Canola stands for “Canadian oil, low acid.” Canola is a modified version of the poisonous rapeseed plant, which is CHEAP. It was in demand through WWII as a fuel, but then no longer in demand, so now it’s in cookies, crackers and bread–even at Whole Foods. Canola is a big marketing lie. The problem with it is nothing new.

  3. I wouldn’t eat anything with canola in it, nor GMO nor anything Monsanto has made, cultivated or received a phony patent on in this life time. This is your government, run by corporations for profits, they care nothing about how many people die from eating pesticide infected foods. Wake up Canada, and USA, your being poisoned and you do nothing about it. Stand up against this before it is too late, your leaving your kids a poison food system. Monsanto should be stopped immediately, governments will only be threatened by change, so change your vote to non-corporate people, there are a few still left.

    • Yes! And people need to care enough about their senses to read labels–and QUESTION what the hell is in all those fancy packages. People want so badly to believe they are making good decisions. It takes work to face the truth, but it costs so much less in the long run. For one thing, you can eat actual food instead of processed crap. When you actually taste the difference you suddenly don’t mind taking the time to seek out real food.

  4. Dear Monsanto,
    “Go at once, this very minute, stand at the cross-roads, bow down, first kiss the earth which you have defiled, and then bow down to all the world and say to all men aloud, ‘I am a murderer!’ Then God will send you life again. Will you go, will you go?”
    – Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Ch. 30

    Doc Blake

    • never read it; I’m so educationally deficient in literature

      • Rady, you have what a lot more people need and it cannot be found by reading great books. It is obvious that many of the fools we are fighting have read many great books. You, my dear have attatude, plus, plus, plus!!!

        And here is a saying that fits:
        Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.
        W. C. Fields


  5. Ha! I knew it Rady. I knew you were that smart!

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