E-mail this article to
yourself or a friend.
Enter address:


North Dakota farmer goes to WTO meeting to protest transgenic crops

North Dakota farmer Tom Wiley went to Qatar where the World Trade Organization is holding its ministerial meeting so that he could try to persuade the 142 member nations to impose a moratorium on transgenic crops until all environmental and health issues are resolved.

Wiley has had to deal with genetic contamination on his 3,000-acre farm. Last year, he contracted to grow 15,000 bushels of non-transgenic soybeans for export to Japan. Unfortunately for him, tests revealed that 1.37 percent of the crop was contaminated, above the 1 percent Japanese threshold. Wiley lost the sale, which cost him thousands of dollars.