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GMO grass that ‘escaped’ Treasure Valley plot defies eradication

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After more than a decade of unsuccessful efforts to eradicate the genetically modified grass it created and allowed to escape, lawn and garden giant Scotts Miracle-Gro now wants to step back and shift the burden to Oregonians and Idahoans.

The federal government is letting that happen by relinquishing its oversight, even as an unlikely coalition of farmers, seed dealers, environmentalists, scientists and regulators cries foul.

GMO grass that 'escaped' defies eradication, divides grass seed industry

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After more than a decade of unsuccessful efforts to eradicate the genetically modified grass it created and allowed to escape, lawn and garden giant Scotts Miracle-Gro now wants to step back and shift the burden to Oregonians.

The federal government is poised to allow that to happen by relinquishing its oversight, even as an unlikely coalition of farmers, seed dealers, environmentalists, scientists and regulators cry foul.

TURF SECTOR WANTS SOFTER RULES ON GENETICALLY-MODIFIED GRASS SEED

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The prohibition of the development and release of genetically-modified grass seed is ”an impasse that should be broken”, Lindum Turf managing director Stephen Fell told the BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition (BTME) show.

He said that fluctuations in rainfall and temperature combined with political and economic pressures meant future varieties would require greater durability and disease resistance and lower maintenance requirements than those currently available.

Oregon Department of Agriculture (USA) demands eradication of escaped GE bentgrass

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COBA PRESSES SCOTTS FOR BENTGRASS PLAN

SALEM -- Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba has asked The Scotts Co. and USDA to reveal their plans for eradicating genetically modified bentgrass that escaped several years ago from Idaho trials sites into Eastern Oregon.

Coba in letters dated Jan. 5 wrote that the ODA ”is very concerned about glyphosate-tolerant creeping bentgrass in Malheur County, Ore.”

Agencies refused to publicize spread of biotech bentgrass

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CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the USDA refused to alert the public that genetically modified bentgrass had spread from a test plot in Western Idaho to irrigation ditches in Eastern Oregon.

Carol Mallory-Smith, an Oregon State University weed scientist, made the discovery last month after she received samples from farmers in Malhuer County. The Roundup-resistant creeping bentgrass, under development by The Scott's Co., isn't approved for unrestricted commercial production.

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