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Sat Sep 14, 2013, 01:15 AM Sep 2013

Genetically modified alfalfa confirmed in Washington test sample [View all]

Source: AP - Oregonian online

SPOKANE - Alfalfa seed and plant samples taken from an Eastern Washington farm contain a low level of genetic modification, even though the farmer reportedly did not want to grow such crops, the state Department of Agriculture announced Friday.

The agency said the samples showed a low-level presence of a genetic trait called Round-Up Ready, meaning they are able to tolerate the well-known herbicide. The tests did not reveal the percentage of Round-Up Ready presence in the samples. The testing was ordered after a hay farmer who intended to grow alfalfa that was not genetically modified had his crop rejected by a broker who found evidence of genetically modified pesticide resistance.

"This is the end of the process for the Washington state Department of Agriculture," said Mike Louisell, a spokesman for the agency.

The results were shared with the farmer and with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he said. The federal agency will make its own decision on whether to take any action in the case, he said.

Read more: http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2013/09/genetically_modified_alfalfa_c.html

The dangers of GMO's include unintended spreading of the genes.
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