09 Mar '12, 11am

Can't stomach the idea of #GM #wheat? Try one of these #eco #alternatives instead: #food

Can't stomach the idea of #GM #wheat? Try one of these #eco #alternatives instead: #food

In 2009 agricultural giant Monsanto, a company that has invested heavily in GM, acquired WestBred LLC , a Montana-based company specialising in wheat germplasm . Despite widespread use in the U.S., South America, China and Canada, Monsanto’s super seeds have yet not crept into the UK, where current legislation prevents GM crops from being grown commercially. This is in part due to the strict EU regulations governing agricultural biotechnology but Defra’s recent approval of research on GM aphid-resistant wheat, due to be conducted by Rothamsted Research this year and next, looks set to change all that. While the wheat we eat isn’t yet GM, for some people, the grain can wreak havoc on the intestines causing unpleasant bouts of bloating, gas and constipation, as well as lasting damage. ‘Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition,’ says Lorna Gardner, registered dietician at N...

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