Monsanto's Mutant Grass Gets Mowed Down

Monsanto and Scotts corporations ran into a major obstacle last week in their ongoing effort to force genetically engineered grass onto the market. The two companies have patented a creeping bentgrass for golf courses that is resistant to the herbicide Roundup. The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management have both raised concerns that the grass's pollen could potentially spread great distances and transfer its herbicide resistant traits to other weeds, creating superweeds. Now a study from the Environmental Protection Agency has documented that pollen from these genetically engineered plants can travel as far as thirteen miles. Based upon this study and the growing clamor of public criticism, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to require a full Environmental Impact Statement on Monsanto's Frankengrass before determining whether or not it can be commercially released. Learn more…

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