GMO Canola Escapes into Wild: New Mutant Plants FoundWhen consumers purchase organic produce, they expect to avoid vegetables and fruits that have been genetically modified or sprayed with dangerous pesticides. The unsettling reality, however, is that cross-contamination between GM plants and conventional or organic plants is not only possible—it is already happening. Millions of acres of GM rapeseed, which is used to make canola oil, the most popular cooking oil in North America, are being grown—in Canada and Australia in particular, but also in the US. This GM rapeseed has spread across the world, growing wild in ports, railway beds, along highways, and other areas where it has “escaped” during transport. Not only is it growing wild—it has contaminated another Brassica, the parent of cruciferous vegetables known as Brassica rapa. Organic broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Napa cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and more are now under threat.
GMO Canola Escapes into Wild: New Mutant Plants Found
This will not come as a surprise to the industry. It was a known factor while bio-engineering was still in its infancy. It is not hard to imagine that any court proceeding would conclude that the cross-contamination was an 'An Act of God'. If that turns out to be the case, I hope God has deep pockets and top-notch attorneys because the lawsuit for copyright infringement is guaranteed. Very tragic state of affairs...