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GE wheat "an unacceptable risk".

A University of Manitoba study released this summer warns against planting genetically modified wheat because it poses an "unacceptable risk" to the environment.

The Canadian Wheat Board commissioned the study because it is worried that GE wheat could hamper Canada's ability to sell into export markets.

The report, which has been sent to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, calls GE wheat "environmentally unsafe" and says if the wheat was "grown under unconfined conditions ... the trait would move from wheat crop to wheat crop."

The researchers found that the Roundup Ready trait moved among canola crops, making it impossible for farmers to know that their crops had been tainted. They also say that planting GE wheat would increase the risk of herbicide-resistant weeds and speculates that farmers could be forced to use other herbicides to kill the Roundup-resistant wheat.

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Title Annotation:genetically modified wheat report commissioned by Canadian Wheat Board; News: dispatches from around the world about healthy, sustainable living
Publication:Natural Life
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Sep 1, 2003
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