Backstory: Like corn and soybeans, canola (or rapeseed) was genetically engineered to be herbicide-tolerant and was approved in 1996. Today, about 90 percent of the U.S. and Canadian canola crop is genetically modified.
The Latest News: As in corn and soybean fields, the use of the herbicide glyphosate by farmers is resulting in the emergence of herbicide-resistant weeds, known as “superweeds.”
A team from the University of Arkansas collected wild canola plants across North Dakota, and recently found that 86 percent of them tested positive for genetic modification. In addition, “Canola can interbreed with 40 different weed species worldwide—10 in the U.S.—so they can continue to spread across North America,” says Ken Roseboro of The Organic & Non-GMO BOX Report.
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