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to Adversely Affect U.S. Economy, Research Shows
40% of U.S. grown hard red spring wheat is exported for consumers in
foreign countries, primarily Asian countries. A September 2002 U.S.
Wheat Associates study indicates this primary consumer market for
U.S. grown wheat is strongly against purchasing GM foods. “A large
majority of foreign consumers and wheat buyers do not want GM wheat,”
said Wisner. “Right or wrong, consumers are the driving force
in countries where food labeling allows choice.” Wisner’s
study further reports the grim future of U.S. wheat industry if GM is
to be introduced. According to WORC, the study found:
"Our wheat customers in many nations and regions have told us directly that they will not purchase GM wheat and will go elsewhere to procure their wheat supplies,” said Todd Leake, a Grand Forks, North Dakota area wheat farmer speaking for the Dakota Resource Council. “In a world awash in cheap wheat, it’s not hard to find another country to gladly take that wheat business away from us.”
A July 2003 report from Great Britain also found little economic incentive to introduce GM to farmers. Amid strong public disfavor of GM, the UK government was forced to reconsider its plan to introduce the controversial crops. Read the August 26, 2003 edition of Daily News for more information.
For more information on genetically modified wheat, its regulatory history, and environmental, economic and health impacts, see http://www.worc.org/issues/art_issues/gmwheat.html. Beyond Pesticides’ Genetic Engineering Program Page provides resources of information, news, health and environmental effects of GM.