Rise of the Zombie Wheat
Jun 7, 2013 — When an Oregon farmer recently found wheat growing in a fallow field, he did what most farmers do with unwelcome plants: blasted them with the weed-killer Roundup. And that should have been the end of the story.
Except the plants didn’t die.
That they survived weed killer was by design, in one sense: Monsanto spent years developing and testing Roundup-resistant wheat, a similar product to its dominant weed-killer-resistant corn and soybean hybrids. The problem is, the wheat was never put into commercial production, since the project was shelved back in 2004—but not before the FDA approved it for human consumption. The last Oregon field trail was in 2001.