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The Wall Street Journal reports that "alfalfa samples from a field in Washington are being tested for a genetically modified trait by the state's Department of Agriculture after the farmer who grew the crop said it may have been contaminated with mislabeled seeds."

The probe comes just months after the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said that genetically modified wheat that approved for commercial use in the US had been discovered in an Oregon field where it was not supposed to be growing.

The story says that "with alfalfa - which is used to make hay - the USDA did authorize unrestricted commercial cultivation of genetically modified crops in 2011. Despite that, some domestic feeding operations and foreign buyers continue to require that supplies - which are widely used as feed for livestock - not be genetically engineered."

Monsanto, which licenses the technology used to make GMO alfalfa, said that "the problem might stem from a difference of opinion about quality specifications between the growing and exporting parties," according to the Journal.
KC's View:
Sorry, but I just cannot find it in my heart to trust Monsanto on this. I just think the company's overall goal is to wear down the opposition and genetically engineer everything it can, with as little transparency as possible. I can't help but think that there are going to be a lot of fields with unexplained strains of genetically modified products discovered around the country, and that the folks who depend on GMO development for their living will shrug and say that it is better to ask forgiveness than permission.