Monsanto GMO wheat was stored in Fort Collins

Monsanto Co.’s unapproved, experimental genetically modified wheat, found growing in Oregon this spring, was kept in the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation in Fort Collins until at least late 2011, Reuters reports.

The revelation that the seed for the genetically engineered wheat was kept viable in the Fort Collins storage facility as recently as a year and a half ago comes as the U.S. government is investigating how the strain of experimental wheat wound up growing in an Oregon field this spring.

The investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture includes a review of the handling of the GMO wheat seed that Monsanto directed be sent to the government-controlled National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation beginning in late 2004.

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